Despite how you might feel about having your fence tagged (nobody likes that, do they?) there’s no denying that at the high, and often political end of street art is the stencil. Really good stencil art is not unlike screen-printing in technique and my favourite examples of this artform are ones that utilise some kind of visual pun to make a point. British artist Banksy is arguably the most famous exponent of this street art sub-genre but French artist Blek le rat is also a high-profile stenciller from way back. Here’s Banksy’s take on the elder statesman of street art from the introduction of new book Blek le rat : getting through the walls –
Every time I think I’ve painted something slightly original, I find out that Blek le Rat has done it as well. Only twenty years earlier.
I like to think that being able to appreciate the skill and intelligence that some people put into their street art doesn’t necessarily mean that you condone vandalism, but that’s just my opinion. For those interested in checking out some of the better stencil art that’s been produced internationally as well as locally, check out the collage of titles (and interesting covers) below.