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CULTURE.HYPE: BANKSY’S VALENTINE’S DAY LOVE BOMB

The look of love, through the lens of the world’s most mysterious street artist

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Bristol is set to steal Paris’ City of Love crown, as the city woke up to a new Banksy artwork in the Barton Hill area this morning. Spray-painted last night, the image depicts a young girl firing red flowers from a slingshot – a clear nod to the Most Romantic Day Of The Year. Granted, V-day may conjure up mixed emotions, but Banksy’s new artwork proves the festival of love isn’t just gushy Hallmark and giant red balloons. Will oodles of Bristol couples make their way over to the wall to profess to the world (and their Instagram followers, no doubt) they love each other? Almost certainly.

But then, what about non-Bristol locals that want to be part of the arty action? Don’t worry, a Banksy exhibition is coming to London, featuring 80 official screen prints and canvases from 1997-2008 by the anonymous artist (showcased in an undisclosed space in West Kensington in April).

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The exhibition titled ‘The Art of Banksy’ is the largest ever collection to go on display and will include the iconic Girl with Balloon. Curated by Steve Lazarides - who was Banksy’s driver, photographer and unofficial art dealer until 2009 - the works on display are from private collections. The exhibition has already travelled globally to Tel Aviv, Gothenburg, Miami, Melbourne and beyond, despite being unauthorised by Banksy himself. Lazarides is also the author of Banksy Captured, a self-published 250-page book featuring a collection of personal photos of the artist travelling the world to spray-paint buildings, walls and, er, cows. The book was so popular upon release there has since been two more re-editions made. Despite all three versions retailing at £25, the original is now fetching up to £250 on eBay.

If you can’t wait until the April exhibition and don’t fancy copping a first-edition ten times the original cost, then you can purchase a third edition here.

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