This picture is an example of graffiti art brought to you by Banksy. The spray-painted image of a Guantánamo prisoner is powerful when seen up front and personal in a crowded London street. I spotted it last week on a building on the Angel end of Liverpool Road, close to Chapel Market, London. The man certainly gets around.
Clearly the world took notice and respect for Banksy and his work multiplied exponentially when he demonstrated fierce moral outrage by creating the West Bank barrier paintings. He called Palestine “the largest open prison in the world”. It was protest art pure and simple and when images of the Wall paintings got syndicated all over the world it spoke more about the brutal nature of the Israeli regime than bombs ever could.
And before that I thought that he was only about being a guerilla-art prankster trying to get press coverage by staging well-planned painting 'plantings' on the walls of elitist fine-art establishments like MOMA. Which is cool enough but the West Bank paintings shows him to be one of the few relevant artists alive in the world today.