Banksy has always intrigued me a an artist/social activist. I have mixed emotions when it comes to what he does. On one hand he has a well established following and a well known style, but on the other hand he vandalizes property.
I think that the anonymity of his work and the public placement of his art drives the interest, because his images are mostly simple. His work is also exposed to the elements and in that way not permanent. Who wouldn’t want to say that they have seen a Banksy in its element, because in a few years, or moments, as one auction goer found out, it won’t be there.
As a law abiding citizen, unless you count my lead foot, I do have a problem with vandalism. Even if he’s famous and his work is coveted, I still think it’s wrong to tag someone’s property. I would think that it would be a double edged sword, because now there is a blemish on your building that you cannot even paint over because it’s now a work of art from some anonymous artist. I’m definitely not saying it’s right, but maybe he should join the hoodlums that spray paint railroad cars. Is it me, or have some of those guys gotten really talented.
One thing is for sure, he does a terrific job of keeping himself and his work relevant. Whether I agree with his methods or not, he has a knack for what he does. May we all aspire to have that much ambition and motivation to be heard/seen.