Bansky's artwork is characterised by striking images, often combined with slogans. His work often engages political themes, satirically critiquing war, capitalism, hypocrisy and greed. Common subjects include rats, apes, policemen, members of the royal family, balloons, barcodes and children.
In addition to his two-dimensional work, Banksy is known for his installation artwork. One of the most celebrated of these pieces was showcased ironically in the U.S. in 2006. THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM, which featured an actual live elephant, painted with a Victorian wallpaper pattern, sparked controversy among animal rights activists and also the authorities who deemed painting the very large mammal from trunk to toe as illegal.
October was Banksy's month-long home where he roamed the streets of New York producing some pretty awesome, witty and thoughtful artworks. The 'Better out than in' project consisted of creating and posting an artwork a day to the dedicated site banksyny.com and also to Instagram.
Sadly almost all of the pieces have been defaced. New Yorkers have talked about it, painted over it, urinated on it, tagged it, guarded it and after posts searched for it in corners of the city that they have never been.
* Elephant Image from The Sum
* All images from Better Out Than In