Hang up a Banksy in Stoke Newington
Written by: Victoria Highfield
Everyone who’s anyone knows Banksy. Which is kind of funny seeing as he is actually an anonymous artist. Even if you’re not a huge fan (like my dad) there’s no denying that the guy has serious talent.
He’s the first UK graffiti artist to successfully bridge the gap between street and fine art. His sartorial stance saw him build a reputation on high profile stunts, such as exhibiting his own painting in the Tate Museum without it being commissioned. What a joker.
However with prints now fetching up to £23,000 his art is no laughing matter. It’s official: the man is a worldwide phenomenon.
Which is why I’m delighted to hear, as any art lover would, that Hang Up Gallery in Stoke Newington has opened up its first permanent exhibition space dedicated to Banksy’s work. Hipsters rejoice as the space is styled to look like an underground bunker. Sorry no jam jar drinks available though! The quirky exhibition showcases many of Banksy’s renowned works as well as some less familiar and limited edition pieces. The exhibition will keep changing too, so it’s well worth popping back, if only to update your instagram.
The exhibition is for buyers and browsers alike. If you fancy purchasing a piece then you’re in safe hands as the guys at Hang Up have been doing their thing as Banksy specialists since 2008.
According to ArtBusiness.com his art ‘escalated in value faster than pretty much any substance known to man’. And with prices still increasing, it’s still a great time to buy. Just make sure you have a cool couple of thousand minimum to go around as these things don’t come cheap.
The Banksys can be viewed at Hang Up Gallery, 81 Stoke Newington Road, N16 8AD.
Open Tuesday-Sunday, noon-6pm, and free to enter.
Photos via Hang Up Pictures
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