No artist in the last ten years has captured the public eye quite like Banksy. From his brash social commentary to his risque publicity stunts, this mystery man has elevated graffiti and street art into a gallery-worthy medium with celebrities like Brad Pitt spending millions to get in on the action. This week Banksy unveiled his newest piece in the U.K., Dismaland, a send-up of amusement parks and the culture of consumption.
The good news is you don’t have to be a movie star to get in on the street art action. Redbubble has thousands of artists whose work is injected with political messages and inspired by the drippy spray paint of graffiti. If you can’t afford to snag a Banksy original at Sotheby’s, consider these artists an awesome alternative.
This mixed media artist takes inspiration from fairgrounds and children’s books to create creepy environments that mix whimsical imagery with violence and surrealism.
Matthew Dunn is a Redbubble favorite and his art is everywhere from our meeting rooms to our company tees. This Australian artist’s trademark is gritty graphic novel-style pieces often featuring a gas mask-wearing character called Leroy.
This Canadian muralist cut his teeth doing work for Disney and Universal Studios, but today he’s known for his layered pieces that bring together corporate imagery with brightly colored cartoonish drawings.
Although he may appear grizzly, Nate is not actually a bear. He’s a New York artist whose images have ended up everywhere from vinyl figures to magazines, books, and websites.
Illustrator RonanLynam amps up the snarky fun by using deceptively sweet critters like pandas and sloths to skewer our pop culture-obsessed world.
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[Header image: “Hocus Pocus” by matthewdunnart]