Fresh new Banksy works appear in London at the Barbican

Fresh new Banksy works appear in London at the Barbican

The early hours of Sunday morning, 17th September saw the walls of London graced with not one but two new works from the elusive British street artist Banksy. The stencil artist shared the two pieces on his official verified Banksy instagram account at 2pm this afternoon announcing the new works and hinting at their location near to the Barbican in central London.

Grabbing our camera bag we jumped on a bus towards the Barbican shortly after spotting the works online to capture some images of the new artworks. After a short walk around the Barbican site, we located the two works on opposite walls on Golden Lane beneath the Barbican Centre.

Fresh new Banksy works appear in London at the Barbican

  • Close up of the first of two new Banksy artworks inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat.

The two works by Banksy have been inspired by the upcoming Jean-Michel Basquiat show Boom For Real set to open also at the Barbican next week the 21st September. According to a series of posts shared on his Instagram this afternoon Banksy has said: ‘Major new Basquiat show opens at the Barbican - a place that is normally very keen to clean any graffiti from its walls.”

The larger of the two works references Basquiat’s painting ‘Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump’ and sees a character representing Basquit being searched by the police. In another of his Instagram posts featuring the above work Banksy, has said the pieces is a ‘“Portrait of Basquiat being welcomed by the Metropolitan Police - an (unofficial) collaboration with the new Basquiat show.”

Fresh new Banksy works appear in London at the Barbican

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Fresh new Banksy works appear in London at the Barbican

The paint on the larger of the two artworks was still wet in parts when we arrived this afternoon to shoot the artwork, suggesting that it was installed in the early hours of the morning.

Fresh new Banksy works appear in London at the Barbican

The second smaller new artwork from Banksy is located on the opposite side of the road and sees a stencil of a queue of people waiting to buy tickets from a booth for the Ferris wheel. The Ferris wheel carriages have been replaced with crowns rendered in chalk, a symbol which frequently featured in his early works.

  • Close up detail of the Ferris wheel booth and the chalk crowns.

  • It's wasn't long before crowds began to gather to photograph the new Banksy works.

We streamed some live video footage of the two new Banksy works on our Hookedblog twitter account on our arrival at the Barbican Centre this afternoon, if you missed the live stream you can rewatch the short clip with some of the details above.

Boom For Real Basquiat Exhibition

The Boom For Real exhibition which is the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960—1988), one of the most significant painters of the 20th century. The show will feature over 100 of Basquiats works on loan from international museums and private collections and will also include rare film, photography. and archive material. Like the Banksy above expect large crowds at the show, we suggest buying tickets in advance!

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