Bambi Graffiti

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Bambi
Born Unknown
London
Known for Graffiti
Feminist art
Social commentary
Street art

Bambi is the pseudonym of a contemporary British street artist. Her works focuses on contemporary female identity and its relationship to patriarchal culture. She also highlights political and social injustice. “Bambi” is derived from the childhood family nickname “Bambino” and is a popular artist within the showbusiness world.[1] 

Collectors of her work include Rihanna,[1] Brad Pitt,[2] Adele,[3] Robbie Williams, and Take That’s Mark Owen.[4] Bambi’s stencilled work is described as gritty and masculine in appearance while exploring themes of feminism, and popular and street culture.[5]

Works[edit]

Amy Winehouse, Camden

Bambi is recognised for her stencilled graffiti and has created various works across London. Bambi first gained attention for her 2011 piece ‘Amy Jade’ a tribute to the late singer Amy Winehouse in Camden[citation needed] and “Diamonds A Girls Best Friend’ depicting a young Queen Elizabeth II as the Queen of Diamonds, as featured in Time Magazine in 2012.[6]

Lie Lie Land, 2017, London

In February 2017 Bambi stencilled a mural called “Lie Lie Land” on the wall of the Cross Street Gallery at the corner of 40 Cross St and Shillingford St, Islington, featuring British Prime Minister Theresa May and American President Donald Trump in the dance pose from the poster of the movie La La Land. The work became a tourist attraction until it was painted over by new owners in January 2017.[7]

The Pope Gives Us Hope, 2017, Venice

In her first Italian solo show, Bambi exhibited during the 57th Venice Biennale. Bambi revealed a waterfront piece 'The Pope Gives Us Hope’ featuring the Pope reaching out to a polar bear in a capsizing boat; the work is designed to reflect the Pope’s comments in late 2016 on climate change and his call to end environmental destruction. Said[according to whom?] to be a long-term environmentalist, Bambi was further inspired after watching the issue-driven documentary Before the Flood by Leonardo DiCaprio and Fisher Stevens. The work can be seen at Ospizio Foscolo Santa Lucia in Fondamenta Sant’Anna 993/a, Castello 30122.[citation needed]

Be As Naughty As You Want, 2017

On August 31, 2017, on the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death, Bambi unveiled 'Be As Naughty As You Want'. The piece presents Diana as Disney’s Mary Poppins, being carried into the sky by her magical flying umbrella, watched by Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The work is at the entrance to Neal's Yard, off Monmouth Street in Covent Garden, London.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Bambi's identity is a well-guarded secret with the artist withholding much information about her personal life. In a 2014 Daily Mail interview Bambi said she studied at the City & Guilds of London Art School in Kennington, South London before gaining an MA from St Martin’s School of Art.[citation needed]

History[edit]

In 2010, the vandalism of a popular Bambi stencil in Primrose Hill reignited the long-running London debate over the preservation of street art and resulted in Islington councillors proposing a community committee be established to rule on the future protection of street art.[8]  In early 2011, Bambi commemorated the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton with the satirical slogan 'A Bit Like Marmite' across their chests.[9][10]

In 2014 artnet news named Bambi as one of their Top 20 Art World Women of 2014. The list included artist Marina Abramovic and singer Beyoncé.[11]

Controversy[edit]

Shark with Butterfly

In 2014 Bambi produced five shark murals for an Islington pop-up gallery in a building site. Said to have been worth over £20,000, the murals were stolen overnight by thieves who climbed over a wall and broke into the redevelopment area.[12] The stolen pieces were going to be sold at auction for charity Art Against Knives before the robbery took place.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Chakelian, Anoosh (1 June 2012). "Graffiti Artist Bambi Paints Jubilee Tribute to the Queen". Time Magazine. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  2. ^ Smart, Gordon (22 June 2012). "Alone, but Brad's no lonely art". Sun Newspaper. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  3. ^ Lewis, Anna (25 May 2012). "Look what Adele got for her birthday". Heat World. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  4. ^ Riley, Ed (11 April 2012). "Robbie Williams splashes case on trendy painting". Daily Star Newspaper. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  5. ^ Ferguson, Amanda (27 December 2010). "10 Best Female Graffiti Artists". Break Studios. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Bambi's Queen of Diamonds".
  7. ^ Sultan, Kamal (January 30, 2018). "Anger as Lie Lie Land artwork in Islington shopping street mocking Donald Trump and Theresa May is covered up". Islington Gazette.
  8. ^ Hinton, Josie (21 April 2011). "'Make tea not war' mural tribute to shopkeeper ruined by graffiti vandals - debate opens into preserving street art". Camden News Journal. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  9. ^ Low, Valentine (2 May 2011). "William and Kate - A Royal Wedding". The Australian. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  10. ^ Chivers, Tom (30 April 2011). "Royal wedding quirky portraits and sculptures of Prince William and Kate Middleton". The Telegraph. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  11. ^ "artnet news".
  12. ^ "London Evening Standard". London Evening Standard.
  13. ^ "The Telegraph". The Telegraph.