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Banksy trademarks two of his best known artworks in Australia

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Street artist Banksy has successfully trademarked two of his most well-known artworks in Australia. The artist registered the artworks in an attempt to stop them from being used for commercial purposes.

The elusive artist applied for the trademarks via a law firm based in Perth, and although the tactic ultimately failed in Europe, the Australian applications were successful and will be registered next week. The two iconic artworks covered by successful are “Love is in the Air”, a stencil of a masked man throwing a bouquet of flowers, andGirl with Balloon”, a stencil of a child letting go of a heart-shaped balloon.

Upcoming Banksy Auctions – June & July 2021

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Aside Banksy’s street art, the British artist has been creating works for sale for more than 20 years. The earliest pieces at auction date from 1998, while his earliest commercial prints are from 2002. By the late 2000s, the art world had caught up with Banksy’s popular appeal. Now, there has been a series of record-breaking sales of all kinds of works by Banksy.

Banksy in Reading, UK

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Banksy seems to be back with a brand new artwork that just appeared on Reading prison in the United Kingdom.

The stencil shows a man using knotted bedsheets to “escape” from the prison. The man could eventually be the famed writer Oscar Wilde, who did spend some time in the prison between 1895 and 1895 for “homosexual crimes.”. The history behind Mr Wilde has helped establish Reading Gaol as a historic landmark.

Banksy “The Miserables” in London, UK

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After Dismaland and a few recent pieces in France, Banksy is finally back in London, UK where he just unveiled this brand new piece which shows Cosette from “The Miserables”.

The elusive British street artist just painted this brilliant artwork on the French embassy in London and criticizes the recent use of teargas in Calais Jungle refugee camp located in France.

The Calais jungle is the nickname given to a migrant encampment in the vicinity of Calais, France, where migrants live while they attempt to enter the United Kingdom. The migrants, who frequently stow away on lorries, ferries, cars, or trains travelling through the Port of Calais or the Eurotunnel terminus, are a mixture of refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants.
“The Miserables” a book by Victor Hugo is considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. The novel elaborates upon the history of France, the architecture and urban design of Paris, politics, moral philosophy, antimonarchism, justice, religion, and the types and nature of romantic and familial love.
The piece comes with a QR code which links to a video that can be seen below.

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Banksy creates new pieces in Calais, France

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After Dismaland, Banksy continues to hightlight the migrant crisis and horrific living conditions of Syrian refugiees in the Jungle of Calais by painting a portrait of Steve Jobs, reminding us that he is the son of a Syrian migrant. Steve Jobs is depicted carrying a travel bag with his iconic mac computer. Additional murals and messages have been painted in the camp and the city center of Calais.

The others pieces are showing a stenciled young girl and her telescope, a text piece which reads “Maybe This Whole Situation Will Sort Itself Out” and a piece showing a refugee raft inspired from the “The Raft of the Medusa” by Géricault and dubbed “Maybe We Are Not All In The Same Boat”. On a side note, this is the first ever time Banksy paints in France.Read More »Banksy creates new pieces in Calais, France

Recap: The Art at “Life Is Beautiful 2015” with Banksy, D*Face…

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Last week-end in Nevada, the "Life Is Beautiful" Festival took place in downtown Las Vegas with an impressive music, art and culinary line-up. Stretching over 15 blocks of downtown the ambitious arts program curated by JUSTKIDS featured works from international artists with D*Face, Banksy, Ruben Sanchez, Ana Maria, Sbagliato, Bikismo, Bordalo II, Filthy Luker, Pixel Pancho, Stephane Mlaka, Jason Woodside and Trevor Wheatley & Cosmo Dean.
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Last week-end in Nevada, the “Life Is Beautiful” Festival took place in downtown Las Vegas with an impressive music, art and culinary line-up. Stretching over 15 blocks of downtown the ambitious arts program curated by Charlotte Dutoit featured works from international artists with D*Face, Banksy, Ruben Sanchez, Ana Maria, Sbagliato, Bikismo, Bordalo II, Filthy Luker, Pixel Pancho, Stephane Mlaka, Jason Woodside and Trevor Wheatley & Cosmo Dean.

Banksy’s “All City” truck, D*Face’s enormous zombie Hello Kitty or a gigantic green octopus bursting out of an abandoned motel were some of the installations that welcomed us within the large-footprint.
On top of murals from the past editions (Doze Green, Vhils, Borondo, Fintan Magee…), a series of large-scale artworks were unveiled with some impressive pieces by Bikismo, Ruben Sanchez or Ana Maria. 

After three years, the festival and JUSTKIDS literally changed downtown Las Vegas, which now acts as one of the largest open-air art gallery in North America with over 30 permanent murals and installations.
Hit the jump to discover our full recap on this year’s edition and as usual stick with your friends at StreetArtNews for the latest updates from festivals around the world.

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