If you fancy hanging a Banksy original in your boudoir you better crash a truck into a cash-point first, because the average price is £95,000 a piece at Andipa Gallery, Kensington. Unsettling, magnetic, laughable and exquisite rolled into one; Disorder checks out the provocative exhibition.
Banksy ‘Laugh Now’ (2002) £95,000
Andipa Gallery, Kensington is holding a selling-exhibition of the artist Banksy’s iconic canvas paintings in their ground floor gallery. Andipa Gallery houses one of the largest collections in the UK of works by Banksy so it good to have a wander around and spot some Urban Art treasures in the collection. The artist uses blatant and ironic statements through a down-to-earth and pragmatic urban art aesthetic and at the same time these works are marketed at the rich in one of Kensington’s most upmarket streets. It’s engrossing to experience this paradox when viewing Banksy’s original stencil paintings in the contemporary gallery of modern and contemporary art, a venue that also houses other big names such as Matisse and Warhol. The art on display is mostly spray paint on canvas; there were also unusual canvases of metal and even an old door. Sneak peek of the Banksy works at the current Andipa exhibition below.
Banksy ‘Every time I make love to you I think of someone else’ (2002) £82,000
Banksy ‘Monkey Guns, Pair’ (2000) £ please enquire
Banksy ‘Go Flock Yourself’ Spray paint & emulsion on metal (2009) £ Enquire
‘Custardized Oil’ (2006) £ Enquire
War Boutique In the basement of the gallery are the potent works of the emerging urban artist War Boutique. The artist was involved in the arms industry as a former armour designer for the government before quitting and becoming an artist with an ant-violence message and is widely known for coining the term ‘Metropolitan Peace.’
One striking installation is Bak-2-skool, an installation first displayed by War Boutique in a South London school shop front. The work features stab vests combined with the school ties and badges of four schools in the area (Peckham and New Cross districts) affected by knife violence. The vests represent school kids who’ve been stabbed and killed while wearing their school uniforms.
War Boutique ‘Bak-2-Skool’ (2008) Sneak peek more of War Boutique’s work below:
War Boutique ‘City Gent Soldier’ (2005)
War Boutique, ‘The Great Game’ (2011) made from military fabrics
War Boutique ‘Beasts of England III’ (2011) All War Boutique works signed, enquire for price. The Banksy & War Boutique exhibition ends 9th July.
Opening Times: Monday to Friday 9:30am – 6.00pm, Saturday 11.00am – 6.00pm Andipa Gallery, 162 Walton Street, London, Tel: 020 7589 2371
Words: Jameela Oberman