Running until 25th August, Lazinc gallery in Mayfair stages a mini-retrospective of interior works by the anonymous artist Banksy, produced between 2002 and 2008. This is the first UK exhibition in a gallery which gives visitors the opportunity to see Banksy’s most iconic works. Banky’s pieces regularly continue to bloom worldwide among rumours that he’s a member of British band Massive Attack.
The exhibition features sculptures, stenciled canvases, paintings, and limited-edition prints rather than works that were originally produced for the streets. Highlights of the exhibition include Show Me the Monet (2005), a subversive take on Claude Monet’s Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies (1899) painted in the garden of Giverny, and Girl and Balloon, (2006); an artwork that was voted as the UK’s favourite in 2017.
Steve Lazarides, co-founder of Lazinc, met the mysterious artist in 1997 when he took his portrait for Sleaze Nation magazine. Soon after, he became Banksy’s official photographer. Together they presented some of Banksy’s most well-known exhibitions such as Crude Oil, Barely Legal and Turf War. Lazarides went on to represent more street artists including Invader and Vhils. The pair parted ways in 2008 but Lazarides continues to sell and promote Banksy’s secondary market works.