I was out of the house like a flash after Stacey had gone. She was to spend the day at a first aid training course that would last until 5pm. This gave me nine hours to paint the biggest piece I'd ever attempted: 50ft long by 15ft tall, four characters and seven massive, crunchy letters. I quickly sketched out the outline before filling in the background, the letters and, lastly, added the final details to the characters. Easy.
Banksy is one of the few people who have been able to popularly harmonise the terms 'graffiti' and 'artist' and his work is treasured around the world from the West Bank to Bristol. Yet Banksy's fame brings a headache to would-be art dealers and community leaders the world over: just who owns a Banksy?
We live in an ever changing, dynamic cityscape, where the balance between public and privately own space, illicit creative practices and authorised recreational activities, is a controversial, fragile matter.
Is it purely about perception - the size and quality of the venue and the comfort of the seats - if indeed there are any. Is it the cost of the ticket? £20 and you're on to a winner - both as performer and audience...
This week's review of art on the streets focuses on pieces that comment and challenge the balance of power,submission and beauty in contemporary society.
Valencia-based VinZ is back in London for his first solo show and he quickly adorned the city walls with his signature bird-headed characters.
This week's 'On the Street' is dedicated on more figurative works, that tackle the poetic, metaphorical and quite literal meaning of rising and falling in different nuance.