Banksy Paints the Town

Street-art fanatics and bloggers have been buzzing this week over new paintings that appear to be the work of the mysterious British graffiti master, Banksy.

Banksy’s documentary, “Exit Through the Gift Shop” is currently nominated for an Oscar and some are wondering if he is setting the streets abuzz for this occasion. Whatever the reason may be, very few people are complaining.

Banky’s first piece of work, dubbed “Crayola Shooter”, can be seen in Westwood on the back on an Urban Outfitters building in the UCLA neighborhood.

Check out more of Banksy’s work after the jump.

Then there’s one known as “The Charlie Burn,” spotted on a fire-damaged building on Sunset Boulevard.

The final piece of recent Banksy art to pop up around town was also on Sunset Blvd, this time on a billboard. 

Unfortunately, this latest piece has since been taken down by CBS, who owns the billboard. The company that paid for the use of the billboard, “The Light Group”, is furious that the art was taken down.  A rep for that company says. “We’re extremely pissed … It’s our billboard that got tagged .. it’s not their billboard … CBS clearly has ZERO appreciation for art!!!”

The rep went on to add some parting praise for the Academy Award nominated artist, “We were flattered Banksy tagged on our ad — it was epic.”

Banksy’s recent spree throughout the city hasn’t just caught the attention on his fans and followers. It seems that he has also sparked the imagination of fellow street artists as well.  While driving down Sunset Blvd to catch a glimpse of Banksy’s billboard, we noticed that another billboard on this same street had been upgraded as well. This time, an unknown artist left his mark on the infamous “Prada” billboard.

We aren’t yet sure if the owners of this billboard, Van Wagner, will follow in the footsteps of CBS and pull down this advertisement. One thing we do know, is that Banksy is back in town, and the streets are his canvas.

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