Banksy and Street Art in Nepali Context

Hema Keyal


While art came to its present advanced age, different schools of thought, styles and techniques were developed that influenced each other in many ways. Different people perceived arts as ‘art is for art’s sake’, while others view arts as an expression of human desires and ideals for the better world. Banksy is an artist of social consciousness who has special message to deliver to the large public. The aim of this study is to understand the features, themes, and techniques used by Banksy’s arts having seen the tremendous shift in the way the Nepalese communities are embracing the street and graffiti arts. This paper dwells much on the analysis of secondary source data such as gray literature, journals and primary data (field reports) and primary data Banksy’s legacy and his influence on the Nepalese communities.

The study also found out that Impermanence is beneficial to graffiti and street art because it allows for an array of inspiration and creative adaptability. Banksy’s arts are not only a strong way of echoing the voice of the voiceless against the ills of capitalist system of governance, but also expression of love, peace and harmony through his social arts as a weapon of social change against the authoritarian rulers, violence etc. Nepali artists have learned, from Banksy’s art, to use art as a creative expression of social voice of the large number of voiceless public. In the context of Nepal, graffiti as a political slogan writing is an old practice in the streets. However, they have not contributed in any artistic sense. Recently, wall murals are getting painted in the streets of Kathmandu. Nepali street artists can learn from Banksy’s creativity to speak against the abuse of public conscience by selfish and immoral political powers and large business houses that do anything with the public for profit. As writing on the street is not a serious crime in Nepal, Nepali artists can emulate from the work of Banksy to publicly speak out the message of peace and earn themselves some revenues through their creative artwork.


Banksy, Street Art, Graffiti Art, and Nepali Art


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