THE BANKSY GRAFFITI - ART PHENOMENON IN PORTLAND, OREGON
In the first half of 2010, some outside Portland building walls were decorated by what looks like Banksy stencil wall paintings. Banksy is the so called "mysterious" British artist whose public art has appeared on building walls and public places around the world.
"Banksy is the pseudonym of a prolific British graffiti
artist, political activist and painter, whose identity is unconfirmed. His
satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine irreverent dark humor
with graffiti done in a distinctive stenciling technique. Such artistic
works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets,
walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.
By the end of August, 2010 Portland had 3 Banksy look-alike paintings. (See below.) But are these original Banksy paintings? This author has done a survey of all 3 paintings and has talked to owners or workers of the buildings whose walls have been used as large canvases for these works. In all cases so far, no one has given permission, nor did they have any prior knowledge of the paintings that mysteriously appeared on the walls of the buildings they occupy. Each representative claimed that one day the wall was blank and the next day a painting appeared. When asked what do they plan to do, if anything, about the paintings, each said that their clients and friends actually liked the work and for the time being they plan to leave them be.
If these paintings are not claimed as originals and if these paintings have been painted without permission - are they basically free public domain art? Or do they belong by default to the lucky or unlucky building owners, depending on your point of view?
In any event, I took the chance of photographing all 3 paintings and provided location addresses and I am presenting these on this website for the amusement of the occasional reader who may stumble upon these pages accidentally.
For my own amusement, in addition to providing a straight photograph of the location and a close-up, I have converted them also to quasi 3D anaglyph pictures. I hope you enjoy these.
I am indebted to my friend Joe Freedman for making me aware of Banksy and pointing me to "his" art in Portland. Joe and his wife Ilisha are master artists, illustrators, laser artists and paper engineers who relocated to Portland from the East Coast last year. Visit their website: http://www.leafpdx.com/
If you have any comments about these paintings, or know of new ones in this part of the world, please let me know and I will thank you publicly on these pages: firstname.lastname@example.org
|"Monkey" 735 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210 click on thumbnail for larger picture.|
|"Monkey" close-up see above. Click on thumbnail for larger picture.|
|"Monkey" close-up 3D Anaglyph for RED/CYAN glasses. Click on thumbnail for larger picture.|
|"Girl with an Umbrella" 1205 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97205 Click on thumbnail for larger picture.|
|"Girl with an Umbrella" close-up, see above. Click on thumbnail for larger picture.|
|"Girl with an Umbrella" close-up 3D Anaglyph for RED/CYAN glasses. Click on thumbnail for larger picture.|
|"Balloon Girl" 1737 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214. Click on thumbnail for larger picture.|
|"Balloon Girl" Close-up. 1737 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214. Click on thumbnail for larger picture.|
|"Balloon Girl" Close-up. Anaglyph for RED/CYAN glasses. Click on thumbnail for larger picture.|
|Well, it didn't take long for one of these paintings to get tagged. Toward the end of August 2010, the painting on 23rd Ave got tagged by what appears to be two different taggers. Is this a warning to the artistic graffiti community that this "high art graffiti" will not be tolerated in Portland, or a message that anyone who believes that this could be the real Banksy is a fool? We will not know this until the tagger sends us a clear message in non-coded language.|
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