Oil and scratch-off paint on canvas x 3
each 105cm x 140cm
Banksy paintings based on a photo I took in 2003
Croft, Michael 2015
"All propaganda must be popular and its intellectual level must be adjusted to the most limited intelligence among those it is addressed to. Consequently, the greater the mass it is intended to reach, the lower its purely intellectual level will have to be"
Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
3 paintings - ONLY ONE WINNER
I have no need or desire to reveal Banksy's identity, that has already been done much more hysterically by the media (believe it or not). The Gamble is an artistic inquiry into the madness of the celebrity / media / spectator / consumer relationship.
This 'sale' is a hypothetical gesture, a reflection, not just on the absurd lengths some would go to reveal Banksy's identity, or the outlandish claims made about who / what he is, but at a deeper level, why people get so obsessed by a remote human being / brand; the drooling public, craving to 'know' a 'super-person', enthusiastically, ceaselessly fed by the grotesque daily information industry.
Even if I published the actual photo (I never will) these paintings are based on, I'm sure it would be met with denial and doubt. It seems there is a psychological need for the superfans to protect and preserve, almost religiously, their personal and collective interpretation of the Banksy brand, the political/art commodity, to maintain the value of their emotional investment in the star, the renegade, the outsider, the fugitive, eagerly awaiting the next manifestation... but the rebel-saviour has long been absorbed and revealed as part of the Spectacle.
"...dissatisfaction itself became a commodity" Guy Debord
The paintings are accurate representations, based on a photo, idealized and zit-free.
© Michael Croft