Here at Parliament of Owls, we’re always looking to champion our favourite emerging artists. So when we heard Hanksy – a mashup of Banksy and Tom Hanks – had an exhibition in New York, we were pleased. Very pleased. The exhibition, at the Krause Gallery in New York, is the first major showcase of the artist’s work. People have speculated whether HANKSY is just a play on words or perhaps something a bit more, does he hate Banksy? Is it homage to one of the greatest street artists and actors of our time? Maybe it’s an attempt to subvert the subversive or perhaps it plays on the uniquely American pleasure the public finds in trivial imagery. Maybe in the end its much more straightforward? Add a certain ‘sometimes’ vowel at the end of a specific actor’s surname and it sounds an awful lot like the world’s most well-known street artist.
Whatever his reasons, we think he’s ace. Click the pic to see more of his work at the exhibition.