Other people’s paintings only much cheaper: No. 5 Banksy (on The Daily Telegraph).
“Banksy paintings have to be chipped off the wall and still sell for millions; well beyond the means of most; so njoy this a copy of a famous Banksy for rather less.” - Sly.
Here Sly is having a pop at the people who only like art if it costs a lot. Councils used to denounce Banksy as a vandal and scrub his work of the walls. Last week a council lost a Banksy and asked him to come back and do another one. It’s only because he’s famous: his paintings were just as “good” when he wasn’t.
The painting also includes an illusion: showing the mind only sees want it wants to see.
Urban pop art in your own home by cult artist Sly.
These are not prints as each is individually done and signed to order and consequently vary a little from the illustrated picture. These paintings are sprayed onto the pages of the Daily Telegraph "borrowed" from the pub. The newspaper is emulsionned with a specially formulated paint which provides a random texture and finish that suits the "Urban" concept. If you're lucky you might get a half-finished crossword. Ready to hang with crossbars and nails.
It is likely that Juan Sly has become the biggest seller of original artworks in the UK. An artist exhibiting in mainly spray stencils and oils. He has exhibited at the Saatchi (a proper gallery with pillars and everything!) alongside the likes of Banksy, Terry O'Neil, Tracy Emin and Vic Reeves and now has a permanent collection in Germany, Detroit and the UK, alongside Damien Hirst and some other artists you might have heard of plus private collections around the globe. His works rock from humour to anti-war, sex to surreal. Particularly fond of the stencil medium as it allows him to quickly respond to events and ideas and gives the work that gritty illegal look. The stencils naturally allow the works to be re-sprayed and so become affordable and disposable. He likes the fact that people can buy art that they like and not to show off how much they can afford. You can find them in bedsits, legal offices in the Temple or stuck to a fence in Bristol.
Spiel by Steeve.
W 57.00 cm x H 73.00 cm
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It is likely that Juan Sly has become the biggest seller of original artworks in the UK. An artist exhibiting in mainly spray stencils and oils. He has exhibited at the Saatchi (a proper gallery with pillars and everything!) alongside the likes of Banksy, Terry O'Neil, Tracy Emin and Vic Reeves a...