Bambi: The Female Banksy Featured

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Bambi's tribute to the Queen Bambi's tribute to the Queen

The streets of London were once sprayed with the art of controversial graffiti artist Banksy;  an anonymous celebrity, his work was political and, quite frankly, genius. But there is a new artist that threatens his title.

Bambi, a woman presumed to be in her 30s, has taken to the streets with a stencil, some spray paint and some fresh views on the world. She works in a similar style to Banksy, using a stencil to paint humorous images accompanied with a subversive epigram. Whilst Banksy’s art is certainly iconic, Bambi has arrive on the scene with a tantalisingly down-to-earth voice and a strong perspective on society. Her most famous paintings so far are her work on the Royal Family; for the Queens Jubilee, she painted our monarch on the gritty urban streets of London. In an interview she says “Obviously everybody’s going to have street parties, so I really wanted to do something for the Queen on the street, and I actually quite like the Queen, the royal family and all that. They are part of our culture; they represent us”.

For the wedding of Will and Kate, she spray-painted them with the tagline ‘A Bit Like Marmite’ (and we couldn't agree more). More of her work includes tributes to Amy Winehouse as Bambi was fond of the icon and her music. She’s also a hit with A-list celebrities, Kate Moss, Robbie Williams, Adele, Harry Styles, David Beckham, Rihanna and Brad Pitt have all bought spray-paint art from Bambi. Dayum, the little dear has got it down. 

Graffiti comes alive when it is clearly distinguished from acts of petty vandalism. Thought-provoking art over mind-bogglingly pointless cr*p is the aim of the game. A piece that Bambi painted, entitled ‘Make Tea Not War’, was ruined by (pathetic) vandals. The piece was extremely popular and featured retired shop keeper June Beechey, who was known locally and was some what of celebrity. The piece was defaced with an ugly pink tag reading ‘kush’. 

 This act of vandalism kicked started a debate off concerning the preservations of Street art. I can gather that most politicians would jump to the idea of removing street art, as it can ‘offend’ the public and can have ‘negative affects’. However, Sue Vincent, a Labour politician, says ‘Some of the graffiti artwork is wonderful, it’s memorable and it’s in good taste, so it would be wonderful to be able to preserve it.’

London would not be the same without artists such as Bambi and Banksy, without them the streets of London would be grim and grey; a city of blank walls. Both artists and their work are acclaimed, bringing us colour and food for thought into bleak little Britain.

 

Emma Phimister

20 year old Student from Leeds. Currently studying Drama at Hull Uni.

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