Archive for September, 2008

Birmingham News story on now missing local Banksy work

Friday, September 5th, 2008

Wall believed to bear art of British artist Banksy vanishes in Birmingham

Thursday, September 04, 2008
News staff writer

Although the image of a lynched Klansman was covered in black spray paint, a wall that possibly held a painting from famed graffiti artist Banksy disappeared Tuesday afternoon.

Marc Schiller, founder of the New York-based Wooster Collective, a Web site that tracks Banksy’s career, said it is not unusual for people to take walls where the British artist has left his work.

The Birmingham image was painted on the side of an abandoned Bush Boulevard Chevron on Friday, when the artist was rumored to have visited the city. First someone completely painted over the image, then later the entire wall vanished.

Banksy, whose name has never been publicly revealed, has sold works for millions, including one purchased earlier this year by celebrity couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie for approximately $1.7 million, according to news reports.

Because of such reports, people often take the artist’s works, which are often spray-painted on the sides of buildings using stencils, Schiller said.

“Everyone is looking to exploit his work,” Schiller said.

However, because the image was painted over, Schiller said it is unlikely there will be a big payday for whoever took the wall. “What they took was not the piece, it was a wall with spray paint on it. The piece was ruined before it was taken,” Schiller said.

It was unclear who painted over the image or who took the wall.

One community resident said Wednesday she thinks it was someone in the Bush Hills neighborhood who did not understand the message the artist was trying to convey.

“It was an unknown; it was a mystery, but it didn’t look like a positive thing,” said Gwen DeRu. “Some people in the neighborhood didn’t want it to bring trouble.”

DeRu, however, said she believes Banksy is an “artist who, in his own way, is trying to pull the world together.”

“This is an internationally known artist and this is his artwork here in Birmingham. It shouldn’t be something people should want to see destroyed,” DeRu said.


Alexander Novoselov

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008
Alexander Novoselov

Alexander Novoselov is a faculty member of Atelier Stockholm, The Swedish Academy of Realisic art. He was born in Leningrad, Russia and studied at the N.K. Roerich Art College from 1995-2000. From 2001-2007 he studied at the Repin Academy in St.Petersburg where he graduated in monumental painting, which included training in mural painting, fresco, mosaic, and sgraffitto.

His work can be seen here

Alexander Novoselov

Banksy spotted near Birmingham

Monday, September 1st, 2008

This graffiti work by Banksy is reported to be close to Malfunction Junction. If anyone finds it please let us know. I wonder if someone will paint over it. It’s probably worth fifty to a hundred thousand dollars.