The Peckham Rock Painting

Posted on August 03, 2005

banksy's cave painting in the british museum

Good work from banksy. My favorite: the cave painting he snuck into the British Museum, showing a pre-historic hunter with a shopping trolley, with an accompanying note describing the scene as showing early man venturing towards his out-of-town hunting grounds. It continues:

This finely preserved example of primitive art dates from the Post-Catatonic era.

The artist responsible is known to have created a substantial body of work across South East of England under the moniker Banksymus Maximus but little else is known about him.

Most art of this type has unfortunately not survived. The majority is destroyed by zealous municipal officials who fail to recognise the artistic merit and historical value of daubing on walls.

The British Museum didn't notice until banksy posted it to his website, but to their credit agreed to take the exhibit into their permanent collection. It has since been on show at other galleries, accompanied by a notice saying "on loan from the British Museum."

To wrap up, here's a quote from Banksy which for more eloquently sums up my views on graffiti.

The time of getting fame for your name on its own is over. Artwork that is only about wanting to be famous will never make you famous. Any fame is a by-product of making something that means something. You don't go to a restaurant and order a meal because you want to have a shit.

[UPDATE 2005-08-07] Banksy at the West Bank Barrier in Israel.

Comments (3)

Miles said

I love his recent additions to big museums, and kudos to the British Museum credit for adding it to their collection!

Posted by: Miles at August 4, 2005 01:18 AM .

chandi said

I like your STYLE. It's COOL.

Posted by: chandi at January 27, 2006 05:46 PM .

bsn said

Thanks. I like your's too...

Posted by: bsn at January 27, 2006 05:55 PM .