Seven years with Banksy – Robert Clarke
Seven Years With Banksy is an illuminating memoir of the world’s most celebrated and mysterious graffiti artist, offering a unique insight into his life and work through the experiences that he and author Robert Clarke shared together during Banksy’s formative years.
Clarke takes us through his first encounters with Banksy, which took place in a hotel in New York in the 1990s, and candidly describes how his friendship with this young English artist developed.
“He was outrageous, he was everywhere, like a nocturnal tomcat on the prowl. He saw the city’s ripped backsides at an hour of night that not many of us are privy to”
Clarke takes us through his first encounters with Banksy – two Bristolian Englishmen hanging out in 1990s New York – and later times spent with him in London (and London Zoo!), Bristol and Glastonbury. Along the way, the readers discover more about the elusive man, the influences that shaped his art, what makes him tick and why he rejects fame in favour of anonymity.
“The guy was a crow, he didn’t stand out . . . He could blend in or out at will as if he had an invisibility cloak”
Seven Years With Banksy includes 32 pages of glossy images showcasing Banksy’s work – including exclusive and unpublished material from the author’s personal archive.
“He doesn’t just think for himself, he puts it out there for all to see, to reject, to agree with, be provoked by, enlightened by – all of that stuff.”
The book is a must for anyone interested in the mystery man behind the stencils.
‘Designated Graffiti Area’ – photograph by Johanna Köhlin-Clarke (Featured in book)
Ye Olde Carlton Arms Hotel, NYC – painted by BANKSY 1999 (photo – Åke Eson Lindman)
BANKSY at work during ‘Walls on Fire’ – Graffiti event in Bristol 1998
Published by Michael O’Mara Books, London / April 2012
Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.4 x 2.6 cm
224 pages includes 32 pages of glossy images showcasing Banksy’s work – including exclusive and unpublished material from the author’s personal archive.
This book is published in the UK and is currently only available to order from the UK. (Expected date for US publication is Sept 2012)