Unless you have been living on another planet, you might have heard that new artworks from Bristol’s legendary street artist Banksy have recently appeared in New York City. The artist just returned to the city after his month-long epic “Better Out Than In” NYC residency 6 years ago.
The first work to be revealed, in 14th Street in Manhattan – primarily a shopping street – was a painting on a clock showing a rat running as if in a hamster wheel.
Quickly after this work was confirmed on the artist’s Instagram, a second artwork appeared on the Bowery Wall, the highest regarded mural walls in the US since Keith Haring made it infamous by painting an original mural as a gift to the community in 1982. The 70ft long mural, in collaboration with graffiti artist Borf, was made in support of a Turkish artist who was jailed for nearly three years over a painting.
Her name is Zehra Dogan and was reportedly imprisoned last year for her painting of a damaged Turkish city.
The mural depicts the image projected above Banksy’s mural with black tally marks looking like jail bars and showing how much time she spent in prison. You can see her portrait behind one set of bars with one of her hands gripping a bar looking like a pencil.
Banksy wrote on his Instagram:
‘One year ago Zehra Dogan was jailed for painting this watercolour of a photograph she saw in the newspaper. Protest against this injustice by re-gramming her painting and tagging Turkey’s President Erdogan @rterdogan. Sentenced to nearly three years in jail for painting a single picture. #FREEzehradogan’
The artist added “Free Zehra Dogan” at the bottom of the mural.
The painting is of destruction in the Kurdish town of Nusaybin, an artistic rendering of a photo taken by state officials. Below the original painting by Zehra Dogan shown in one of Banksy’s Instagram publications.
Although it is yet to be confirmed on Banksy’s pages more of his work has been spotted in Brooklyn and Harlem.
One of them has just been confirmed and beautifully captured below by The Dusty Rebel. You can see a suited man wearing a construction hat whipping a group of children, adults and elderly. The whip has been painted in a way so it looks like a line chart you would use in a PowerPoint presentation. The piece can be seen on Coney Island Avenue.
The other mural yet to be confirmed by the stencil artist is located near a gas station and depicts a black seal balancing an orange ball. Locals have commented that the ball shape has been here for a while.
You Loot We Shoot, one of the possible latest new Banksy pieces that have recently appeared in Brooklyn, NY. Do these creations mark the start of a new series in New York City? Keep an eye out on our latest updates and make sure to snap them before they go behind plexi.
All photos Courtesy of The Dusty Rebel