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Banksy

Artist Biography

Born in Bristol in 1974, Banksy is perhaps the world's most celebrated graffiti artist.

Very little is known about Banksy’s background and owing to the illegal nature of many of his projects, keeping a sense of anonymity is vital. His images can be found on walls and bridges from London to Palestine and many see the works as the voice of those living in urban environments.

Banksy questions notions of authority with wit and candour and promotes global issues in such a way that they become understandable and accessible to the mainstream. His 2009 exhibition at the Bristol City Museum 'Banksy versus Bristol' attracted nearly 300,000 visitors and cemented his place at the heart of the zeitgeist.

"We can't do anything to change the world until capitalism crumbles. In the meantime we should all go shopping to console ourselves."
Banksy, Wall & Piece, 2006

Banksy’s work is now courted by museums, galleries and collectors all over the world though it wasn’t immediately understood by some of the more conventional institutions. In 2005 he hung his version of a primitive cave painting in the British Museum. The artwork depicted a human figure hunting wildlife while pushing a shopping trolley and remained on the walls of the museum and undetected by staff for eight days. Similar stunts at the Tate Modern, New York Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the American Museum of Natural History have delighted his growing army of admirers.

Exhibitions

Above The Clouds | Group Exhibition

Date: 5th November - 3rd December 2016

We are delighted to present Above The Clouds; a group exhibition opening on Saturday 5th November. The collection will…

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Wonderland

Date: 25th November 2010 - 28th January 2011

Introducing 'Wonderland' at RedHouse Originals; a group exhibition combining original artwork from some of the most…

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RedHouse Originals Opening Exhibition

Date: 20th August - 25th October 2010

It gives us great pleasure to announce the opening of the RedHouse Originals Gallery in Harrogate. After three years…

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Banksy: Due North

Date: 20th October - 5th December 2009

RedHouse Originals is delighted to announce the arrival in Harrogate of the largest and most comprehensive collection of…

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We Are Pop

Date: 17th July - 1st August 2009

'We Are Pop' is a celebration of imagery taken from and inspired by mass 'Pop' culture. The exhibition…

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Project One: Icons

Date: 20th September - 11th October 2008

'Project One: Icons' focuses on iconic images of people, places and institutions produced during the past 50 years.…

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