Banksy is an internationally known graffiti artist and is wanted in many countries for illegally painting on public buildings without permission. His identity is a secret. No one knows what he looks like. He made it known that he would be in New York City the month of October 2013. My son, Clay, and his girlfriend, Jenna, met other family members in NYC for Clay’s cousin’s wedding in October. The wedding was Friday night so Saturday was devoted to touring the city. Jenna was always on the watch for possible art work by Banksy that might have popped up overnight. They walked by the art booths at Central Park and she wanted to stop at one that advertised “Original Art For Sale $60”… no artist’s name was notably visible but the paintings were of well-known Banksy graffiti paintings around the world, and Jenna recognized this. They were about 18×24 and larger. Jenna wanted to stop but it was early morning, they were already a good distance from their hotel, and, unknown to Jenna, Clay was nursing a diamond ring in his pocket, wrapped in cardboard, and was planning to propose on top of the Empire State Building that night. He did not want to carry a painting of that size around all day. So, Jenna gave in and they moved on.
Later, Clay proposed on top of the Empire State Building as planned. The next night, on every TV station and all over the internet, was a video of the art booth at Central Park that advertised “Original Art For Sale $60”. The booth was part of Banksy’s New York prank, and was HIS original art. No art was sold until 3:30 that Saturday, and then only $420 sold all total. No one recognized the works as Banksy’s original art. Each painting is worth THOUSANDS!! One painting might have paid for the wedding!
So, this is a painting of one of MY favorite Banksy pieces, but it was not one painted in New York that month. I do not know where these two little boys were painted. I painted the two Banksy boys, and the black graffiti is in the photo of the Banksy boys and I presume that it was part of the entire painting. The colored graffiti is a copy of the Nemo characters my grandson, Brady, likes to draw. He had left a drawing on my desk so I used his drawings as my template for this painting.
Jenna posted photos from the wedding on Facebook, and the young man I’ve painted here is from a photo of her son, Dathan, at the wedding. I drew in the Empire State Building in the bottom right corner, with a diamond ring around the top, where they became engaged, and I wrote the date of their engagement beside it.
With much love and joy, I give you, Clay and Jenna, this special gift to commemorate your engagement!