For the whole month of October Banksy's NY residency took place in Manhattan with the aim to create a new public work of art each day which included 'Spray Art', Sculpture, Video, and Installation works.
Consistently controversial, Banksy is described by some as genius and others as a vandal. Regardless of whether he is inspiring admiration or provoking outrage, his name is one that is well-known around the world.
The media frenzy created made international headlines. Some of the pieces were sold by the owners of the property, where they were placed. In one case a group of locals covered the artwork and were charging the public $20 to have a peek at the artwork. On another occasion Banksy set up a stall selling original signed canvases for $60. They were worth $20,000 or more on the open market.
An inflatable throw-up on the Long Island Expressway in Queens was the last intervention of Banksy's New York visit. He is thought to be back in the UK.
Banksy is an unconventional UK graffiti artist whose work typically includes satirical social and political commentary, and ranges from murals to sculpture and installation, often playing with the contextual aspects of the work. The artist's first solo show was held in 2002 at Los Angeles' 33 1/3 Gallery, and in 2003 he was commissioned to design to cover of Blur's ThinkTank. Today, Banksy's work appears internationally; most notably, he painted nine sardonic images on the Palestinian side of the West Bank barrier. In Summer 2009, Banksy took over the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery with an exhibition attracting over 300,000 visitors and hour-long queues all the way down the road.
Recently the artist has experimented with film, achieving an Oscar nomination for his documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop. His early career, between 1990 and 1994, was that of a traditional freehand graffiti artist in the Bristol underground scene.