A look at some of the recent work of the famously anonymous British graffiti artist Banksy. Banksy’s “Love is in the Bin” is unveiled on October 12, 2018, at Sotheby’s in London. Originally titled “Girl with Balloon,” the canvas passed through a hidden shredder seconds after the hammer fell on October 5 at Sotheby’s London Contemporary Art Evening Sale, making it the first artwork in history to have been created live during an auction.
Banksy protested the incarceration of Zehra Dogan, a Turkish artist who was imprisoned last year over a painting.
“Civilian Drone Strike,” revealed in London last September, targeted one of the world’s largest arms fairs.
The original version of Banksy’s artwork features a red balloon. The print offered to voters in the Bristol area showed a balloon colored like a Union Jack flag.
In May, elusive street artist Banksy revealed a new mural. The large-scale painting depicts a worker chipping away at one of the twelve stars on the European Union flag.
In March, Banksy revealed a large-scale installation in Bethlehem. Titled the Walled Off Hotel, the interactive artwork features nine guest rooms and a presidential suite.
Each room critiques the division between Israel and Palestine, and the hotel looks out to a 30-foot concrete wall, which has been described as the largest canvas in the world.
In June 2016 elusive UK street artist Banksy painted this mural for students at a primary school in his hometown of Bristol, England. Students had named a house at their school for the artist, who surprised them with the mural when they returned from a holiday break. Here’s a look at some other notable Banksy works.
A Palestinian child stands next to a Banksy mural of a kitten on the remains of a destroyed house in Beit Hanoun, Gaza, in February 2015.
A child in Beit Hanoun walks past a mural February 2015 that depicts children using an Israeli watchtower as a swing ride.
A Banksy mural depicting pigeons holding anti-immigration signs was destroyed by the local council in Clacton-on-Sea, England, in October 2014 after the council received complaints that the artwork was offensive.
Banksy’s art exhibit “Grim Reaper Bumper Car” sits on New York’s Lower East Side in October 2013. The famously anonymous artist, whose paintings regularly go for six figures at auction houses around the world, said he was on a “residency on the streets of New York.”
A Banksy piece covers the main entrance to Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen in October 2013.
Banksy’s replica of the Great Sphinx of Giza was made in Queens out of smashed cinder blocks.
Banksy’s “Ghetto 4 Life” appeared in the Bronx in October 2013. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg suggested that Banksy was breaking the law with his guerrilla art exhibits, but the New York Police Department denied it was actively searching for him.
Banksy art is seen on the Upper West Side of New York in October 2013.
Banksy work in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, was vandalized in broad daylight in October 2013.
One of Banksy’s pieces is this fiberglass sculpture of Ronald McDonald having his shoes shined in front of a Bronx McDonald’s.
Graffiti depicting the Twin Towers popped up in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York in October 2013.
A Banksy mural is seen on a wall in Queens. The quote is from the movie “Gladiator.” It says, “What we do in life echoes in eternity.”
A woman poses with Banksy’s painting of a heart-shaped balloon covered in bandages. The piece, in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, was defaced with red spray paint shortly after it was completed.
A Banksy mural of a dog urinating on a fire hydrant draws attention
Gallery assistants adjust Banksy’s “Love Is in the Air” ahead of an auction in London in June 2013. The piece was sold for $248,776.
“The Crayola Shooter” is found in Los Angeles in 2011. It shows a child wielding a machine gun and using crayons for bullets.
Banksy murals popped up around New Orleans a day before the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in 2008.
A silhouette of a child holding a refrigerator-shaped kite is seen on a wall in New Orleans in 2008.
Graffiti on the side of a building in New Orleans shows an elderly person in a rocking chair under the banner, “No Loitering,” in 2008.
A scene titled “Chicken Nuggets,” from Banksy’s “The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill,” is seen in New York in 2008.
A man walks past a Banksy piece in London in 2006.
A stenciled image of two policemen kissing is seen in London in 2005.