Banksy: the Man behind the Wall

If you’re looking to buy, or indeed sell, a Banksy, you may want to research his career and story before hand. You’ll quickly find that there’s not a huge amount of easy documentation — many books record his images but few tell his story. In 2012, Will Ellsworth-Jones wrote Bansky: the Man behind the Wall, and to this day it remains one of the main sources of information about the elusive artist.

We caught up with Will recently to get his take on Banksy and his work in 2015. To read the full interview visit our Medium page here.

When did you see your first Bansky? On a chemist’s wall on Essex Road in London, called “ Very Little Helps”. A really clever piece, in part because of the way Banksy turns an electricity cable on the wall into a flagpole. It remains my favourite Banksy, even though is has been ruined Robbo supporters.

What’s new in the Bansky world? There is less excitement about Banksy than a couple of years back, although his prices go ever higher. Maybe that’s the problem — he seems less part of any art on the street.

What advice would you give someone trying to buy a Bansky? Be very, very careful especially if you are buying a print. Quite apart from forgeries the early Banksy prints came out in fairly random way.

What’s next for Bansky? I think he is planning another big bang show like the last one in New York… Weston-super-Mare perhaps…

There has been less excitement about Banksy than a couple of years back, although his prices go ever higher. Maybe that’s the problem – he seems less part of any art on the street. [is this new show to make a statement as a different kind of artist – still guerilla-ish but less focus on street art?