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Monday, August 16, 2010

Banksy's Bristol: Home Sweet Home Book Review

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Banksy's Bristol: Home Sweet Home Book Review

About the Book: Home Sweet Home is a celebration of Banksy's street art in his home city of Bristol. This book places him in the context of 3D, John Nation from the Barton Hill Settlement, Inkie, Nick Walker and the other artists and musicians who were instrumental in linking Bristol to the original New York hip hop scene.

It is the most revealing account of Banksy's formative years and contains more than one hundred images of his Bristol art, as well as pictures of Banksy at work, many of which have never been published before.

Steve Wright, Venue magazine's Art Editor, traces Banksy's roots back to the rave culture of the Nineties and draws a rounded picture of an artist who is most famous for being anonymous.

Our Take: We're huge fans of Banksy's work here at the Legion.  If you're not familiar with Banksy, he is one of the pioneers of grass roots graphitti art.  He remained anonymous, much like many in the old school electronica music scene.  His art has created so much awareness to street art that his name has become synonymous with it.

This book, Banksy's Bristol, is a fantastic and definitve guide to the works of Banksy.  It shows us so many pieces, many of which either no longer exist or were never shown in print before!  A lot of these works are covered up by property owners or the city, so they are never to be seen again by your average person, especially if you don't live in the United Kingdom.

If you enjoy graphitti art and greatly profound statements, this book is for you!  If you already enjoy Banksy, this book is a no-brainer!  Buy it today!