Banksy Wall Murals Since 2000

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Banksy murals have been painted in a string of diverse locations including London, Los Angeles, Bethlehem and the West Bank, since 2000. These large-scale pieces have tackled issues ranging from capitalist consumerism and the British Royal Family to the anti-war movement, Israel-Palestine Conflict, and more recently, Covid-19 and the Ukraine war.

Despite the apparent seriousness of his subject matter, Banksy is always sure to throw a bit of his trademark, establishment-mocking humour into the mix. Where are these Banksy murals? Which Banksy murals have been removed, and which can you still visit? We take a look at some of the most important wall art made by Banksy since 2000.

2000 - 2002: The Early Years of Banksy's Street Murals

In 2000, Banksy dropped the traditional, ‘Wild Style’-inspired lettering used in his standout freehand pieces like The Mild Mild West (1997) – his first large-scale mural, still visible today on Stokes Croft, in Bristol – opting in favour of what has since become his most trusted artistic tool, the stencil.

These are some of his first – and most famous – large-scale murals, executed during the early 2000s.

Mild Mild West by Banksy - MyArtBrokerImage © Kylaborg (CC) BY 2.0 / Mild Mild West © Banksy 1997

Speak Soft but Carry a Big Can of Paint, Shoreditch 2001

Comprising twelve individual stencils, this work was painted on the 31st of May 2001 onto a wall in East London’s Rivington Street.

Featuring recognisable images, such as Monkey Detonator and Flower Thrower, amongst others, the work formed part of Banksy’s first-ever ‘exhibition’ — of sorts.

Explaining the origins of the piece, Banksy once said: ‘We came out of a pub one night arguing about how easy it would be to hold an exhibition in London without asking anyone permission. As we walked through a tunnel in Shoreditch someone said – ‘You’re wasting your time, why would you want to paint pictures in a dump like this?’’

While Banksy's 'exhibition' closed long ago, it is still worth visiting Rivington Street, Shoreditch, a notorious street art location, to see the two remaining Banksy murals—Guard Dog, and Designated Graffitti Area—alongside wall murals by other iconic street artists including Stik.

Bomb Love by Banksy - MyArtBrokerImage © Dj demin (CC) BY-NC-SA 2.0 / Bomb Love © Banksy 2001

Bomb Love / Bomb Hugger, Shoreditch 2001

This now iconic image also first appeared in East London’s Shoreditch in 2001, as a black-and-white stencil. While the original stencil was quickly lost, Banksy preserved the image against the usual ephemerality of illicit street art in London by releasing it as a print around the same time, by the now defunct POW.

Now synonymous with Banksy’s internationally recognisable Street Art brand, the simple yet effective piece was reproduced as a limited edition print and appeared in two of Banksy’s art monographs: Banging Your Head Against A Brick Wall (2001) and Wall And Piece (2005).  

To see our available Bomb Love prints, click here.

Laugh Now by Banksy - MyArtBrokerImage © Bonhams 2008 / Laugh Now © Banksy 2002

Laugh Now, Brighton 2002

First commissioned by Brighton nightclub Ocean Rooms in 2002, Laugh Now has become one of Banksy’s most recognisable works. The mural is no longer in place: the club later sold the original wall art at Bonham's auction in 2008, earning them a hefty £228,000.

Following more than a decade of political turmoil in the UK, the piece has proved somewhat prophetic…

To explore our Laugh Now prints, or to learn more about the print's history and meaning, click here.

Girl With Balloon (Original Stencil at Southbank) by Banksy – MyArtBrokerGirl With Balloon (Original Stencil at Southbank) by Banksy (Image © Dom (CC) / Girl With Balloon © Banksy 2002)

Girl with Balloon, Southbank 2002

Chosen as the ‘nation’s favourite artwork’ in 2017, Girl With Balloon first appeared as an in situ stencil piece in 2002. Painted on a wall under Waterloo Bridge at London’s Southbank, the iconic work has since served as the basis for Banksy’s high-profile art stunt, Love Is In The Bin. Neither the original Banksy mural, on Waterloo Bridge, nor any of Girl With Balloon's later London appearances are still in place.

To learn more about Girl with Balloon, and our available editions, click here.

Gorilla in a Pink Mask by Banksy - MyArtBrokerImage © John19701970 (CC) BY-NC 2.0 / Gorilla in a Pink Mask © Banksy 2002

Gorilla In A Pink Mask, Bristol 2002

Painted on the sidewall of a former social club in Bristol’s Eastville district in 2002, this work – which portrays a Gorilla wearing a pink sleep mask – was inadvertently painted over in 2011.

In 2020, the piece appeared at auction, having been removed from the building by an art restoration company, on behalf of the owner.

2002-2005: Banksy and Politics, from Parliament to the West Bank Wall

Placing his politics at the heart of his work, in 2002-2005 Banksy produced a number of politically engaged pieces in London and Palestine.

CND Soldiers, Westminster 2004

Juxtaposing the world-famous Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament (CND) symbol – often referred to as the ‘peace’ symbol – and two soldiers, this politically engaged work was first painted on a wall very close to the UK’s Houses of Parliament, in Westminster. Unsurprisingly, it was quickly removed by the authorities.

Love is in the Air, Jerusalem by Banksy - MyArtBrokerImage © jonas_k © (CC) BY-NC-SA 2.0 / Love Is In The Air, Jerusalem © Banksy

Love is in the Air, Jerusalem 2003

Depicting a masked man throwing a bouquet of flowers in the direction of the West Bank Wall, Love Is In The Air plays with iconographies of resistance in the context of the Israel-Palestine Conflict. It first appeared in Jerusalem in 2003.

The Segregation Wall by Banksy - MyArtBrokerImage © amerune (CC) BY 2.0 / The Segregation Wall © Banksy 2005

Cut it Out, West Bank Wall 2005

Completed in 2005, this simple yet daring work is one of many Banksy painted on the West Bank Wall – a 425-mile-long barrier separating Israel from the Palestinian Territories.

Dove of Peace, Bethlehem by Banksy - MyArtBrokerImage © eddiedangerous (CC) BY 2.0 / Dove of Peace, Bethlehem © Banksy

The Segregation Wall, Ramallah 2005

Painted during Banksy’s visit to Ramallah, Palestine, this work split local opinion. One man said that the painting made the wall beautiful. Thanking him, Banksy was told: ‘We don’t want it to be beautiful. We hate this wall. Go home.’

Grim Reaper by Banksy - MyArtBrokerImage © (CC) BY 2.0 / Grim Reaper © Banksy 2005

Grim Reaper, Bristol 2005

Now one of the most famous Banksy works, The Grim Reaper first adorned the side of the Thekla – a boat-come-club in Bristol harbour.

In 2015, it was removed from the boat for safeguarding.

Hitchhiker to Anywhere, Archway 2005

Depicting Californian cultist and serial killer Charles Manson as a hitchhiker, this stencil-based work first appeared close to Archway Tube Station in 2005.

This work was later defaced as part of the Banksy-King Robbo feud.

Well Hung Lover by Banksy - MyArtBrokerImage © paularps (CC) BY 2.0 / Well Hung Lover © Banksy 2006

Well Hung Lover, Bristol 2006

Painted on the walls of a sexual health clinic at the foot of Bristol’s famous Park Street, Well-Hung Lover is both a classic example of Banksy’s unrivalled humour and a major tourist attraction.

In its 16-year life span, the piece has been vandalised on several occasions, yet it endures.

Sweep it Under the Carpet, Camden 2006

Another reflection of Banksy’s engagement in societal and global affairs, this piece is said to represent the inaction of the Western world in the face of rising challenges, such as climate change and poverty. Appearing first on North London's Chalk Farm Road, it depicted Leanne, an employee of a Los Angeles hotel once frequented by Banksy.

Fallen Angel by Banksy - MyArtBrokerImage © Chris P. Dunn (CC) BY-NC-SA 2.0 / Fallen Angel © Banksy 2007

Fallen Angel, London Bridge 2007

Depicting an angel in a bulletproof vest, this reflective work was painted in tribute to the graffiti artist ‘Ozone’, who died when he and his fellow artist ‘Wants’ were struck by a train while out painting in Barking, East London.

2008: New Orleans, New York, London

In 2008, Banksy travelled to New Orleans in the southern United States. Three years prior, the area had been devastated by Hurricane Katrina, which claimed over 1,800 lives. In these works, Banksy reminds us of the weather event’s devastating effects – and the inaction of the US government at the time.

Later in 2008, Banksy executed artworks in London, Hollywood and even Timbuktu: the capital of Mali.

Nola / Umbrella Girl, Marigny 2008

14 versions of this work – which depicts a young girl holding an umbrella – appeared all over the Marigny neighbourhood of New Orleans.

The work has a metaphorical quality: rather than protecting her from the rain, the young girl’s umbrella is soaking her in water. Like much of Banksy’s politically pointed œuvre, this piece comments on the all too limited role of the US government in the post-Katrina cleanup.

‘Three years after Katrina I wanted to make a statement about the state of the cleanup operation.’
Child with Kite Fridge by Banksy - MyArtBrokerImage © infrogmation (CC) BY 2.0 / Child with Kite Fridge © Banksy 2008

Child with Kite Fridge, New Orleans 2008

In this image, Banksy tackles the issues of hunger head-on. So empty is the fridge that a young boy uses it as a kite.

Washing Zebra Stripes, Timbuktu 2008

Produced during a trip to the capital of Mali, Washing Zebra Stripes portrays a woman hanging out a zebra’s stripes to dry.

Very Little Helps, Islington 2008

One of Banksy’s most well-known murals, Very Little Helps was painted on the side of a pharmacy in London’s Essex Road. The work decries British supermarket chain Tesco, which at the time was planning to open yet another premises just around the corner. The piece, protected by the landlord with perspex, is still in place, but hardly visible under the layers of other grafitti which coats the outside of the perspex.

Wallpaper Hanging by Banksy, Regent's Canal - MyArtBrokerImage © Reuters / Wallpaper Hanging © Banksy 2009

Wallpaper Hanging, Regent's Canal 2009

Wallpaper Hanging was painted underneath the headquarters of the London Transport Police offices in Camden, London in 2009. Gracing the same canal-side wall as one of London’s first-ever graffiti pieces, executed by King Robbo in 1985, Wallpaper Hanging became the first artistic episode in a longstanding tit-for-tat feud between the rival artists.

I Don't Believe in Global Warming by Banksy, Regent's Canal - MyArtBrokerImage © Dullhunk (CC) BY 2.0 / I Don't Believe in Global Warming © Banksy

I Don't Believe in Global Warming, Regent's Canal 2009

Also painted at London’s Regent’s Canal, this work sought to draw attention to the climate crisis, as well as the apparent failure of the UN climate summit in Copenhagen, which took place during the same year.

Choose Your Weapon, Bermondsey 2010

A standout work in Banky’s œuvre, Choose Your Weapon first appeared on the walls of The Grange Pub in Bermondsey, South East London. It has since appeared in a number of original prints by the artist, released via now-defunct print house, Pictures On Walls. It is another of Banksy's London murals that is still in place, but largely hidden behind a heavily fly-posted and graffitied protective Perspex.

Follow Your Dreams (Cancelled) by Banksy - MyArtBrokerImage ⓒ Rawksteadi is marked with CC BY-NC 2.0 / Follow Your Dreams (Cancelled) ⓒ Banksy 2010

Follow Your Dreams (Cancelled), Chinatown Boston 2010

Painted that same year in Boston's Chinatown, Banksy's mural makes a comment on the aspirational messaging of the American Dream, in an area known for economic deprivation.

Police Guard (Pink Balloon Dog), Ontario 2010

Product of Banksy’s 2010 tour around Toronto, this work seems to reference American artist Jeff Koons’s Celebration series and the larger-than-life Balloon Dog sculptures. In typically contentious fashion, this Banksy mural appeared on the walls of the Ontario Provincial Police Headquarters.

Swing Girl by Banksy - MyArtBrokerImage ⓒ 917press is marked with CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / Swing Girl ⓒ Banksy 2010

Swing Girl, Los Angeles 2010

Using the same subject and blend of social commentary and hope as Banksy's iconic Girl With Balloon, Swing Girl was executed in heavily urbanised Los Angeles, in 2010. Banksy simultaneously criticises the lack of safe places for children to play in the city, and offers the hopeful solution of 'making-do', leading by example— white-washing the 'ing' of the existing 'parking' sign to give his little girl a frame to swing from.

Camera Man and Flower by Banksy - MyArtBrokerImage ⓒ Thomas Hawk is marked with CC BY-NC 2.0 / Camera Man and Flower ⓒ Banksy 2010

Camera Man and Flower, Utah 2010

Banksy created Camera Man and Flower on the wall of Java Cow Coffee Shop, in Park City, Utah, in the run up to the premiere of the Banksy documentary at Sundance Festival. It offers a simple but effective message about society's insistence on documenting what is beautiful, but also fragile.

Peaceful Hearts Doctor by Banksy - MyArtBrokerImage ⓒ Jeremy Brooks is marked with CC BY-NC 2.0 / Peaceful Hearts Doctor ⓒ Banksy 2010

Peaceful Hearts Doctor, San Francisco 2010

This is another mural that graced San Francisco, over the course of Banksy's tour of North America in 2010. Sadly, locals' best efforts to protect the artwork were thwarted when vandals poured paint between the protective Perspex and Banksy's Doctor.

Forgive Our Trespassing by Banksy - MyArtBrokerImage ⓒ Peter E. Lee is marked with CC BY-NC 2.0 / Forgive Our Trespassing ⓒ Banksy 2010

Forgive Us Our Trespassing, Utah & LA 2010

First seen at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah and huge in dimensions, Forgive Us Our Trespassing is an ode to Banksy's core as a street artist: using the tags of school children from City of Angels School to generate a visually spectacular mural, Banksy blurs the lines between his own, now revered street art, and the more humble beginnings of graffiti, which even today might be labelled as vandalism, not art.

Tesco Sandcastles by Banksy - MyArtBrokerImage ⓒ Squirmelia is marked with CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / Tesco Sandcastles ⓒ Banksy 2010

Tesco Sandcastle, Hastings 2010

Making another swipe at British supermarket corporation, Tesco, Tesco Sandcastle was one of a number of works Banksy erected in locations across England’s south coast in 2010.

This appeared alongside other British South Coast murals from this year by Banksy such as No Future, (Southhampton) and I Love You (Isle of Wight). In October 2023, the mural was defaced by another graffiti artist.

Falling Shopper by Banksy - MyArtBrokerImage ⓒ KylaBorg is marked with CC BY 2.0 / Falling Shopper ⓒ Banksy 2011

Falling Shopper, Mayfair 2011

The location of this Banksy mural—25 Bruton Lane, Mayfair, London— generates debate as to whether Falling Shopper, is Banksy's best preserved London wall art due to the fact it is in a far more plush location than the street artist usually opts for, or for its impressive height up the side of the building. Either way, the perpetual fall of figure and shopping trolley remains effective as a comment on the consumerist culture which this high-end shopping district represents, including when it comes to Banksy’s art’s own elevation to the status of desirable commodity.

If Graffiti Changed Anything it Would be Illegal by Banksy - MyArtBrokerImage ⓒ duncan is marked with CC BY-NC 2.0 / If Graffiti Changed Anything it Would be Illegal ⓒ Banksy 2011

If Graffiti Changed Anything It Would Be Illegal, Fitzrovia 2011

Also painted in London that same year, the mural is located on Clipstone Street, Fitzrovia. Due to the wall's slow decay and the fact that the building was already destined for demolition, this Banksy mural was carefully removed and can no longer be visited.

Phone Tap by Banksy - MyArtBrokerImage ⓒ jordi.martorell is marked with CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 / Phone Tap ⓒ Banksy 2011

Phone Tap, Poplar 2011

A reference to the News International Phone Hacking Scandal, which reached its height in 2011, this work sees a stick figure exclaim the words ‘Oh no… my tap’s been phoned!’. Impressively, this artwork is in excellent condition despite not receiving the standard prescription of protective plexiglass. It is located on Chrisp Street, Poplar. If ever you wonder where to visit a Banksy in London— this one is a must-see.

Tox by Banksy - MyArtBrokerImage ⓒ failing_angel is marked with CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / Tox ⓒ Banksy 2011

Tox, Camden 2011

Painted in Camden’s Jeffrey Street, this piece references TOX – real name Daniel Halpin – one of the most prolific graffiti taggers in London’s history. Here, Banksy comes to the aid of his fellow writer, who was criticised by authorities as being ‘no Banksy’ due to his lack of creative flair.

2012-2015: London Olympics and Better Out than In, New York

2012 – 2015 were eventful years for Banksy.

In 2012, the Olympics – held in Stratford, East London – gave the artist plenty of material for several new stencil-based works. Each of these sought to unpick the hypocrisies of the Games, as well as what Banksy saw as the cynical regeneration, for the Olympics, of one’s London’s most deprived boroughs: Newham.

Later, in 2013, Banksy embarked on a month-long residency in New York City. Entitled Better Out Than In, the residency, which saw him stage an exhibition of sort, included over 25 unique murals in locations across the Big Apple, from Staten Island and Brooklyn to Hell’s Kitchen and The Bowery.

Hackney Welcomes The Olympics by Banksy -  MyArtBrokerImage via BBC © 2012 / Hackney Welcomes The Olympics © Banksy 2012

Hackney Welcomes The Olympics, Unknown Location 2012

Highlighting the juxtaposition between the glitz and glamour of the 2012 London Olympic Games and the relative poverty of surrounding boroughs, namely Hackney and Newham, this piece features a pole vaulter leaping over a decrepit barbed wire fence.

Police Sniper by Banksy - MyArtBrokerImage ⓒ JOHN19701970 is marked with CC BY-NC 2.0 / Police Sniper ⓒ Banksy 2012

Slave Labour, Wood Green 2012

A visual protest against the use of sweatshops for the manufacture of memorabilia for Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics, in 2012 this work appeared on the side of a Poundland store in Wood Green, North London. The later removal of this Banksy mural for auction caused controversy among the public, and particularly Wood Green residents, and while it is no longer on public display, it was withdrawn from auction as a result of the outcry.

This work was also accompanied by London Calling and Police Sniper in London and Bristol respectively that same year.

The Street Is In Play by Banksy, New York - MyArtBrokerImage via The Independent © 2013 / The Street Is In Play © Banksy 2013

The Street is in Play, New York 2013

Perhaps the most recognisable image from Banksy’s 2013 residency in New York City, as well as the first, The Street Is In Play satirises the contradictions in public opinion surrounding graffiti, on the one hand, and street art, on the other.

Throughout Banksy’s residency, which saw him produce over 25 illegal works for each day of the month, no official complaints were made to police. Owners of buildings targeted by Banksy were happy with the artworks, with some even going out of their way to protect them from vandalism.

Some other key works produced in his New York residency include Waiting in Vain, Fake Plato Quote, Tagular and Robot and Barcode.

This graffiti shows a male figure bent over, apparently vomiting a bouquet of foliage.Image ⓒ Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons / Better Out Than In ⓒ Banksy 2013

Better Out than In, New York 2013

The title of this piece, which was also the title for Banksy's New York exhibition, references a quote by French Impressionist, Paul Cézanne: "All pictures painted inside, in the studio, will never be as good as those done outside." It is also a tongue in-cheek reference to the old-adage that vomiting is beneficial: Better out than in.

2014-2020: Syrian Migrant Crisis, Brexit and Covid-19

Employing social mores and geopolitical events as a key source of inspiration once again, Banksy’s work in 2014-2020 responded to a number of key moments in what has proved a particularly turbulent period of recent history.

From the Syrian Civil War through to immigration debates, Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic, 2014-2020 saw Banksy leave no stone left unturned.

In this period, Banksy turned increasingly to using his artworks as means to benefit local communities and charitable organisations.

Migrants Not Welcome by Banksy - MyArtBrokerImage ⓒ dullhunk is marked with CC BY 2.0 / Migrants Not Welcome ⓒ Banksy 2014

Migrants not Welcome, Clacton-On-Sea 2014

Painted one week prior to a parliamentary byelection, triggered by a Conservative MPs defection to the right-wing populist UK Independence Party (UKIP), this work drew attention to a rising tide of intolerance and racism both within the UK’s political scene, and outside of it.

The irony of the piece was lost on local councillors, however, who deemed it ‘offensive and racist’ and saw it removed. Well, you can’t win them all…

‘We're often led to believe migration is a drain on the country's resources, but Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian migrant. Apple is the world's most profitable company, it pays over $7bn a year in taxes – and it only exists because they allowed in a young man from Homs’
Art Buff by Banksy - MyArtBrokerImage ⓒ Squirmelia is marked with CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / Art Buff ⓒ Banksy 2014

Art Buff, Folkestone 2014

Banksy provides an ironic contribution at the site of the well-known Folkestone Triennial, held in Folkestone, Kent. In his own words, this mural was intended as "part of the Folkestone triennial. Kind of."

Son Of A Migrant From Syria by Banksy, Calais - MyArtBrokerImage via BBC © 2015 / Son Of A Migrant From Syria © Banksy 2015

Son of a Migrant from Syria, Calais 2015

Painted in Calais, Northern France – once the location of the so-called ‘Jungle’ refugee and migrant camp – this work depicts Apple founder, the late Steve Jobs, as a migrant fleeing from war. Striking for its likeness, the stencil-based portrait draws attention to Jobs’ Syrian roots, as well as the hypocrisy of governments’ anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Brexit by Banksy - MyArtBrokerImage ⓒ Vision Invisible is marked with CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. / Brexit ⓒ Banksy 2017

Anti-Brexit, Dover 2017

Banksy’s first artistic comment on the outcome of the UK’s 2016 European Union Referendum, this work depicts a man chipping away at one of the EU flag’s 12 stars.

Erected in the leave-voting town of Dover, a flashpoint in widespread post-Brexit customs delays, the work has since been removed.

This graffiti shows a young boy sticking his tongue out to taste what seems to be snow. On the other corner, however, it is possible to see it is simply ash from a dumpster fire.Image © Creative Commons via Wikimedia / Season's Greetings © Banksy 2018

Season's Greetings, Port Talbot 2018

Banksy’s artful intervention in Port Talbot, the South Wales home of the Port Talbot Steelworks, has caused quite a controversy since its completion in 2018.

Many had hoped the Banksy artwork would help to rejuvenate the town and surrounding area – one of the most polluted and impoverished in Wales.

Targeted by vandals – and English art dealers – the work was sadly removed from Wales, and the community it was designed to benefit, in 2022.

Migrant Child by Banksy - MyArtBrokerImage ⓒ Cheetah_flicks is marked with CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 / Migrant Child ⓒ Banksy 2019

Migrant Child, Venice 2019

Employing both location and time to his best advantage, as he does best, Banksy created this work without permission during the 2019 Venice Biennale. This call to arms over the ongoing and dangerous crisis of asylum-seekers' sea-crossings, is evocative, given the Venice biennale sees on average half a million people cross the sea in contrasting comfort, to see the artshow frequently criticized for epitomizing the artworld's exclusivity, vacuity and economic privilege.

Reindeers by Bansky - MyArtBrokerImage ⓒ ell brown is marked with CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / Reindeers ⓒ Banksy 2019

Reindeer, Birmingham 2019

This work appeared in Birmingham in Christmas 2019. It was eventually sold for £2,3000, with all proceeds donated to Midland Langar Seva Society (MLSS) – a UK-based organisation aiding homeless people.

Instagram © @banksy

If You Don't Mask You Don't Get, London Underground 2020

Covid-19 and the so-called ‘mask debate’ served as the central theme behind this standout Banksy work, which was erected inside a London Underground train in 2020.

Part of the work featured the words ‘I get lockdown, but I get up again’, in reference to Chumbawumba’s chart-topping hit of the ‘90s, ‘Tubthumping’.

Due to Transport for London’s anti-graffiti policy, the artwork – whose creation was documented on Banksy’s Instagram account – was later removed.

2021: More Art Activism and Great British Spraycation

In 2021, Banksy turned his hand to other charitable causes, creating an artwork on the walls of Reading Prison. With the UK still in the grips of the coronavirus pandemic, the summer of 2021 saw Banksy embark on his own ‘Great British Spraycation. Visiting a number of locations in East Anglia, including Great Yarmouth, Cromer, Lowestoft, Gorleston, and Oulton Broad – all in the English counties of Norfolk and Suffolk – Banksy’s trip was designed to boost tourism in Britain’s ‘forgotten’ seaside towns.

In each location, Banksy produced one of his signature stencil artworks, depicting subjects including seagulls, rats, and even an arcade claw grabber.

2021 was a very busy year for Banksy with the artist completing many wokrs across the UK, including Aachoo!! (Bristol), Hula Hoop Girl (Radford, Nottingham), Reclining Rat (Lowestoft, Suffolk), Luxury Rentals Only (Cromer, Norfolk), Swooping Seagull (Lowestoft, Suffolk), Banksy Model Village (Great Yarmouth, Norfolk), Banksy Amusement Arcade Crane (Gorleston, Norfolk),Couple Dancing (Great Yarmouth, Norfolk), Crowbar Girl (Lowestoft) and We’re All In The Same Boat (Lowestoft).

Crate Escape by Banksy - MyArtBrokerCrate Escape ⓒ Banksy 2021

Reading Prison Escape, Reading 2021

Appearing overnight on the walls of Reading Prison – where, following his relationship with Alfred Lord Douglas, Oscar Wilde was once incarcerated for ‘gross indecency’ – Reading Prison Escapee is part of Banksy’s plan to turn the derelict ‘Gaol’ into an arts and culture centre. The artwork is in place, albeit defaced by other grafitti, which makes reference to Banksy's historical feud with the late grafitti artist King Robbo.

2022-2024: Anti-War Murals and Banksy As a Leading Artist of Our Time

Banksy has been increasingly gaining in popularity and esteem over the past few years. Experts and enthusiasts alike hold their breath waiting for the artist to make a statement on current events and issues, and he rarely disappoints.

2022 most saw him work on addressing he conflict in Ukraine, following Vladimir Putin's invasion of the country.

This mural by Banksy is done on the side of a semi ruined building. It shows a young girl knocking out a large man using Judo moves.Image © Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons / Banksy-style mural in Borodyanka, Ukraine.

Ukrainian War Murals

Beginning in late 2022, Banksy has created a series of murals in Ukraine that aim to bring attention and support to the nation’s fight against Russia. Ranging from Kyiv to Borodyanka, these depict Banksy’s sympathy towards Ukrainians, often depicting the ‘underdog’ beating an apparently powerful enemy.

The murals often depict the destruction of childhood and innocence, devastated by war, and are just the latest example of Banksy’s distinctive anti-war stance.

This image shows a graffiti of woman, wearing bright yellow dish washing gloves, seemingly closing the lid on a real discarded freezer, from which a pair of feet in male shoes emerges. The woman has a black eye and a swollen cheek, and is missing a tooth.Image © Instagram @banksy / Valentine’s Day Mascara © Banksy 2023

Valentine's Day Mascara: A Mural For Domestic Violence

For Valentine's Day 2023, Banksy created an artwork reflecting the harsh realities of domestic violence. Done in Margate, the artwork utilised an in situ chest freezer as a prop to its figures: a woman with a black eye and missing tooth, seemingly disposing of a man’s body within the freezer.

The artwork was interfered with twice, with the freezer having been deemed unsafe for its location by the council, who stated it would be returned “once it has been made safe.”

Instagram © @banksy

Morning Is Broken, Herne Bay

Morning Is Broken showed a boy opening corrugated iron curtains on the side of a derelict 500 year-old house in Herne Bay, Kent. Unfortunately, the house was already earmarked for demolition, and the work was torn down before being confirmed as a Banksy. Eventually recovered in pieces, it is not available for public viewing.

Instagram © @banksy

Stop Sign, London

In December 2023, Banksy unveiled his final work of the year – three military aircraft atop a STOP sign, which many interpreted as a call for ceasefire in Gaza. Sadly, the work was stolen within one hour of its unveiling. Two men were arrested for the theft.

Instagram © @banksy

Finsbury Park Tree, London

Banksy created his first mural of 2024 in March. Placed behind a severely pared tree, it features a life size woman holding a pressure washer, having sprayed green paint all over the wall. When viewed with the tree in the foreground, the green ink mimics its leaves. In line with Banksy’s other environmental artworks, it reminds viewers of the current struggle of the natural world, as it continues to be impacted by humanity.

The mural was lightly defaced three days after being unveiled, as some of the green was covered by white paint.

Last updated March 20th, 2024.

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