Graffiti ranges from drawings to words that have been sprayed within the public eye. This form of art can illustrate feelings, political messages and many other genres of artistic expression. Formally developed in the hip hop culture, however has also been used within gangs to mark territory and show ownership.
This form of art is illegal throughout many communities, however due to its popularity and movement within the world of art it has become part of the 21st century. Communities have now set aside ‘Graffiti Areas’ where youths and artists can express themselves within the public.
In Southampton there are many Graffiti walls. This image (on left) was taken from a graffiti area in a street known as Bedford place. The image taken connotes a sense of irony against the law, as it is proving to the residences that this graffiti is accepted in to the community. The piece of art shows the legalisation with a policeman smiling and a stamp of approval.
Despite the areas of legal graffiti, some expressionist artists continue to breach the law and graffiti on public property. This makes the art become a rebellious trait in society, of which can sway a person’s judgement of seeing the iconic uses of graffiti.
Due to the rising craze of spraying art within the public, many artists have become well known for their art. One artist known as Banksy sprays his graffiti within the public domain, however rather than it being seen as illegal, it is a blessing to some. His work can be worth up to 1million pounds. Having celebrity fans of his work, of which include Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Banksy has become well known throughout the country for his graffiti art.
Banksy’s “No Future” drawing was found on a wall in Southampton. The drawing of the little girl holding the balloon, with the writing “No Future” carries the understanding of a political message, directed to the government. This illustrates the idea that there are not enough opportunities for future generations. The precision taken with his work creates neatness in his drawings. The locals have had a positive reaction to this public graffiti artwork by Banksy; welcoming his work. The message of this piece is linked to his famous ‘Girl with the Red Balloon’ making up another part of his slogan. This piece of graffiti was worth £20,000.
Graffiti has greatly moved on from the rebellious craze in to the expressionistic form of artwork. It creates aesthetically pleasing public artwork, available for anyone to see. When produced legally and on allocated places, it gives many members of the public a break from scrubbing down their garages that have been poorly and legally painted on. With many graffiti areas being opened up to budding graffiti artists, it gives them a time to let free their inner feelings and fall in to the world of public expression and art.