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© Banksy | Courtesy Graffik Gallery
© Banksy | Courtesy Graffik Gallery
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Graffik Gallery in Notting Hill Open 'Banksy Basement'

Picture of Freire Barnes
Art & Design Editor
Updated: 29 June 2017
London is to get a permanent gallery dedicated to original works, including prints and multiples by the elusive street artist, Banksy.

West London’s first street art gallery, Graffik announced today the opening of their new subterranean space to accommodate the high demand of the urban artist’s work.

© Banksy, courtesy Graffik Gallery

There was once a time when Banksy works sat unsold in galleries, but now the market for street art has grown, with record figures achieved at auction, people are keen to collect urban art to hang in their homes.

As few reputable dealers and galleries exist, Graffik Gallery seeks to fill the gap by heralding street artists and offering authenticated works.

Graffik Gallery exterior
Graffik Gallery exterior | Courtesy the gallery

Although Bansky’s true identity remains a mystery, the Bristol-born ‘guerrilla’ street artist has been painting his stencilled murals in cities since the 1990s.

He’s appropriated Warhol with his depiction of model Kate Moss, poked fun at the establishment with his various police-focused works, subverted consumerist ideals and even opened an amusement park in Weston-super-Mare and a hotel in Bethlehem.

© Banksy
© Banksy | © Banksy, courtesy Graffik Gallery

To celebrate the launch of the new space, the gallery will host a one-night exhibition on June 15, 2017 of other acclaimed street artists including Obey, Ben Eine, Dotmaster, Mr Brainwash, Alec Monopoly, Stik, Nick Walker, Invader and Blek Le Rat. RSVP is required.

© Banksy
© Banksy | © Banksy, courtesy Graffik Gallery

‘Banksy Basement’ can be viewed by appointment by emailing the gallery.

Graffik Gallery, 284 Portobello Road, London, W10 5TE, 020 8354 3592