Double entendre: Banksy defilement and paintover
“Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine irreverent dark humour with graffiti done in a distinctive stencilling technique. Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.”
He was painted over by vandals and then obliterated, only to be brought back again because the graffiti art has become famous as mainstream art and defiling it has become offensive.
“Banksy 'paper bag' artwork in Bristol painted over An artwork by street artist Banksy in Bristol has been painted over in an incident described by residents as an "act of vandalism". The painting, opposite Bristol Children's Hospital, is of a crouched armed police officer, with a child about to burst a paper bag behind him. The picture first appeared on Upper Maudlin Street four years ago. It has now been covered in black. It is not yet known if the black paint can be removed. In July, Banksy's gorilla in a pink mask painting on the wall of the ex-North Bristol Social Club, in Eastville, Bristol, was mistakenly painted over. Saeed Ahmed, the building's new owner, said he had never heard of Banksy and had the wall whitewashed. Mr Ahmed apologised for the whitewashing and the artwork has now been partially restored.”