I thought this was Banksy, but I am wrong. Thanks to some readers of Motley News and Photos, they have provided the correct artist. He called himself “Criminal Chalkist,” but his real name is Paul Saville. According to his Facebook page, he has been arrested several times for “chalking,” and Paul provides the links the news sites such as The Guardian and The Telegraph. Well, Paul, regardless of what the police say and think, I think your work is fantastic!
Here are a couple recent pieces of graffiti art from Banksy. As his his norm and style, he throws in some political undertones – actually, “undertone” is too mild of a word… Banksy let’s his feelings all out. Banksy’s work was born of the Bristol underground scene which involved collaborations between artists and musicians. The son of a photocopier technician, he trained as a butcher but became involved in graffiti during the great Bristol aerosol boom of the late 1980s.
The piece features Union Jack flags draped across the wall and applied to the artist’s signature stencil of a child working on a sewing machine. Created in line with the royal Diamond Jubilee celebration to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 60-year reign, it’s said that the piece hopes to put spotlight on child labor issues.
Banksy’s gonna have a heyday with the summer Olympics going on in London.
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