7 Things You Should Know About Banksy | The UK's Favourite Artist
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7 Things You Should Know About Banksy | The UK's Favourite Artist

Apr 21, 2020

In a new poll conducted by YourGov, Banksy has been crowned Britain's favourite painter of all time. Certainly not a small tittle. The artist won Britain's heart over greats such as Da Vinci or Van Gogh. In light of this new honour for the anonymous artists we've gathered some interesting facts and trivia you should know about the nation's favourite artist.

"Nobody ever listened to me until they didn't know who I was."

Banksy

Here's 7 Things You Should Know About Banksy

1. Auction Record

The highest price ever achieved at auction for a Banksy artwork is £9,879,500 for 'Devolved Parliament' at Sotheby's Frieze Week Contemporary Art Sale, 2019. Estimated at £1.5m-£2m, the piece sparked a 13-minute bidding battle in the sale-room and on the phones, going on to sell for nearly five times its estimate. Measuring nearly 5 meters wide, 'Devolved Parliament', is the artist's biggest known work on canvas and depicts the House of Commons populated by his signature chimpanzees. The result set an all new world record for Banksy and Street Art. Banksy's auction record was previously held by 'Keep It Spotless' which sold for £1.500.000 in 2008.

Devolved Parliament, 2009, oil on canvas, signed and dated, 276 x 476 cm.

Devolved Parliament, 2009, oil on canvas, signed and dated, 276 x 476 cm.

Sotheby's

2. A Stunt Involving Fake Money Got Him in The British Museum

Banksy created the ultimate stunt at London's famous Notting Hill Carnival, where thousands of 'Di-Faced Tenners' were thrown into the crowd, which many attendees then tried to spend in local shops. Banksy produced the banknote in 2004, later revealing he printed £1m worth of them. As well as showing the late Princess Diana’s face instead of the Queen’s, the note was altered to read “Banksy of England” and the motto: “I promise to pay the bearer on demand the ultimate price.” Just last year, the fake banknote joined the historic collection of The British Museum.

Di-faced Tenner featuring Lady Di

Di-faced Tenner featuring Lady Di

3. He has created an opening sequence for The Simpsons

In 2010 the artist created the storyboards for the famous show's intro. The sequence is said to have been one of the most closely guarded secrets in US television and was quite controversial when it aired. You can watch it below:

4. He has been nominated for an Oscar

His 2010 documentary film 'Exit Through the Gift Shop' was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film also grossed $5,308,618 at the box office and featured fellow street-artists such as Shepard Fairey, Invader and Mr. Brainwash.

Exit Through the Gift Shop, vandalised oil painting, Banksy

Exit Through the Gift Shop, vandalised oil painting, Banksy

5. He's Made His Own Amusement Park

In 2015, in the eery, abandoned lido of Weston Super Mare, Banksy created his own apocalyptic style Disneyland-esque theme park called 'Dismaland'. The project included works by Banksy as well as 58 different artists he selected, and was far from a dreamland. Visitors were invited to come "eat cold chips to the sound of crying children" at what the artist referred to as "a family theme park unsuitable for children." Dismaland was open for about a month during the summer of 2015, selling 4,000 tickets per day for £3 each. To learn more about Dismaland, and Hang-Up's visit, click here.

One of Banksy's pieces on display at Dismaland depicting a paparazzi swarmed wreckage of Cinderella's coach crash.

One of Banksy's pieces on display at Dismaland depicting a paparazzi swarmed wreckage of Cinderella's coach crash.

6. ...And His Own Hotel

A few years later, in 2017, the artist took on an even bigger project opening a hotel in Palestine! The Walled Off Hotel - a hotel overlooking the Israeli West Bank Wall aimed to bring tourism to Palestine and create a conversation around the conflict between Israel and Palestine, which Banksy was always very vocal about. Banksy's Hotel contains rooms curated by different artists, an art gallery and hosts music and art events promoting local artists whilst "offer(ing) the worst view in the world!" Banksy described it as a "a three-storey cure for fanaticism, with limited car parking”... Hang-Up again had the pleasure of visiting, to read more about it all click here.

A Banksy mural in one of The Walled-Off Hotel's 9 guest rooms

A Banksy mural in one of The Walled-Off Hotel's 9 guest rooms

7. One of His Artwork Was Once Sold with A House Attached

Back in 2007, when a couple was selling their home which featured an early Banksy mural on it, they quickly realised most of the potential buyers were planning to paint over the artwork. In order to protect the piece from being covered by the house's new owners, they decided to take it to Sotheby's Auction House instead. The piece was featured in the sale as "a mural with a house attached" and sold for £102,000.

Pulp Fiction by Bansky, unsigned, available now

Pulp Fiction by Bansky, unsigned, available now

As always thank you for reading this week's blog. Be sure to check our Banksy page for available works by the artist. Don't hesitate to get in touch should you have any questions or wish to request any of our Banksy catalogues.

Till next time,

Hang-Up Team

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