Banksy is an English graffiti artist, political activist and film director whose identity is unknown. His art is displayed illegally through graffiti and is famous for its controversial subject matter which is the reason he remains anonymous. This card displays one of his more somber pieces.
The cover shows silhouettes of a young boy and girl as they stand with each other on a hill of weapons and guns, surrounded by a barbed wire heart.
Open the card to a 3-D pop-up of the young boy and girl atop a hill of weapons while holding toys and a red heart balloon as they look at each other. Commenting on war, violence and the state of terror, Banksy illustrates the impact of the ever-present treachery which dominates the 21st century.
Kids with Guns Hill depicts his iconic balloon girl. The simplicity and severity of the color contrasts gives it both beauty and deeper meaning.
The boy, the girl, the small hill, the teddy bear and the weapons are solid black. This focuses the eye on the only bright spot of color in the piece: the vivid red of the girl’s heart-shaped balloon.
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Messages and Quotes:
Know thyself, know thy enemy. ~Sun Tzu, Art of War
Creativity takes courage. ~Henri Matisse
The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke. ~Jerzy Kosinski
I want to put a ding in the Universe. ~Steve Jobs
Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable. ~Banksy
There’s nothing more dangerous than someone who wants to make the world a better place. ~Banksy
All artists are willing to suffer for their work. But why are so few prepared to learn to draw? ~Banksy
Speak softly, but carry a big can of paint. ~Banksy
Weapons are like money: no one knows the meaning of enough. ~Martin Ames
Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone. ~Ferlinghetti
I am writing graffiti on your body. I am drawing the story of how hard we tried. ~Ani DiFranco
May you eat an unfamiliar dessert in a strange land at least once every three years. May you wake up and start dancing while you’re still half-asleep. May you spray-paint Rilke poems as graffiti on highway overpasses. May you learn to identify by name 20 flowers, 15 trees, 10 clouds, and one extrasolar planet. May you dream of taking a trip to the moon in a gondola powered by firecrackers and wild swans. ~Rob Brezsny
From Huffington Post | Culture and Arts:
Banksy Returns To New York City With One Of His Trademark Rats
His latest piece appears to be a poignant critique on the rat race.
By Lee Moran
Banksy is thrilling New York City residents once again with one of his trademark rat stencils.
The anonymous British street artist held a citywide, month long open-air exhibition in October 2013 called “Better Out Than in.”
This time, he added a rodent to the clock face of a former bank building that is slated for demolition in Greenwich Village on Wednesday. Some fans likened the image to a hamster in a wheel and suggested it was a critique on the “rat race.”