A photographer has recreated the work of the world’s most elusive graffiti artist Banksy.
British-born Nick Stern, who is now based in Los Angeles, spent months meticulously gathering and making props for this thought-provoking series of images in order to capture Banksy’s controversial art through film.
The images recreate eight of Banksy’s iconic images, including the gay kissing cops, Jesus with shopping bags and the Mona Lisa with an RPG.
“I have always been intrigued by Banksy’s work and thought it would be fascinating to try and recreate some of his most famous images on camera, “ told Stern.
“It was a lot of work as I wanted to make sure every photo was an accurate representation, but the final results were worth it.
“For weeks leading up to each of the shoots I scoured Ebay to find props such as Jesus’s ring of thorns and the police helmets and even made some of them, like the RPG, myself.
“I just hope Banksy likes what I have done.”
Regarded as Britain’s answer to Andy Warhol, art critics have long admired the work of the undercover graffiti artist.
And Hollywood stars such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have splashed out six figure sums to have his politically charged stencils on the walls of their million dollar homes.
In January of 2007 a wall defaced by his spray can sold for £208,100 and he is regarded as one of the world’s most elusive criminals.
Few know his real identity and he rarely grants interviews.
His work was first seen around Bristol in the 1990s and since then his satirical images which demonstrate his contempt for government have appeared at locations ranging from Westminster to the Israeli West Bank Barrier.
ALL IMAGES ©NICK STERN
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