Due to overwhelming public demand, The Art of Banksy, the world’s largest collection of original privately owned Banksy is now booking to May 2022. Seen by over one million people worldwide in cities from Melbourne and Tel Aviv to Toronto and Chicago, The Art of Banksy has now made its home in London, where over 90 authenticated Banksy pieces gathered from private collections across the globe are exhibited in a 12,000 sq. ft gallery in the heart of Covent Garden.
Opening to critical acclaim in May 2021, the exhibition has quickly become a must-see addition to the burgeoning London art scene. It features original and authenticated works from one of the most intriguing and talked-about artists in modern history, including prints, canvasses, screen prints, unique works and limited-edition pieces mainly dated between the years 1997 to 2008, the period which resulted in Banksy’s most recognisable and well-known works.
It includes iconic favourites such as ‘Girl with a Balloon’ and ‘Rude Copper’ alongside ‘Brace Yourself’ featuring a dodgem-riding Grim Reaper. In a rarely seen public outing for the painting, it made headlines in 2010 when the work was gifted by Banksy to a band, previously known as ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’, in exchange for the rights to their name. The piece has been mostly hidden away behind closed doors since its creation over a decade ago. The vast 245 x 182cm work – one of the largest ever created by Banksy – takes centre stage in the exhibition.
An unmissable new addition to the exhibition for the season extension is the installation of six video screens showing a series of exclusive interviews with Banksy’s former printer. A graffiti artist himself, he gives often hilarious first-hand testimony of how the pair first came to work together, how they broke into zoos together around the world to graffiti tag animal enclosures, experimented printing with bleach, acid and highly toxic paint and the time Banksy created a special Flag print to finance a Santa’s Ghetto exhibit in a former shoe shop on Oxford Street. The landlord of the empty shop had agreed to £6,000 rent then discovered their real identity and demanded £60,000! No Banksy fan will want to miss this unique opportunity to hear first-hand amazing insights from one of the close collaborators of the notoriously anonymous artist.
In true Banksy style, The Art of Banksy is not authorised or curated in collaboration with the elusive man himself.