Some family met him yesterday....sent me links to some of his work..
please tell me you've seen exit through the giftshop? I'm sure you have but just making sure...I haven't found a lot of people that like him after watching it.
I was convinced for the longest time that he wasn't real. I follow stencil art pretty closely and I had NEVER heard of him. I thought the whole point of the movie was some sort of commentary from Banksy but apparently he is real because he is being sued for copy right infringement (which most stencil artists usually get shit over because they usually just click on photoshop and do a few threshold adjustments)
His work is SUPER fucking derivative. His understanding of what he is even doing is minimal. He has interns making most of his work from craigslist. He has minimal art history knowledge and overall he is just a pretentious dick (again... like most stencil artists).
I always thought of him like the Justin Beiber of the art community. Or top 40 music in general. Taking ideas or examples from things that already exist, and just throw a bunch of money at it and the general public will buy into it. Art that has no meaning or value is the kind of art the general public can relate to.
Regardless of how he looked in the documentary even looking at his work before that it's complete garbage......I have no issue with him though, he makes bank selling complete shit to idiots which is hilarious.
i watched gift shop a loooong time ago. is mr brainwash that dude that wanted to make a documentary on banksy but ended up doing his own "art" and opening shows and what not. and banksy was like "thats the last time i let anyone follow me around"
anyway, that was a good example of marketing. not so much art.
Mr. Brianwash was just a decoy for Banksy. All of that work that was being sold was all Banksy's work, just under Mr. Brainwash.
R.I.P James Short