WANTED by the cops, WANTED by the art community (in a completely different way) and renowned around the world for her skills – ‘Bambi’ has quite an exciting life.
When the world sleeps, Bambi comes to play, with her stencils and spray cans. Dubbed as the ‘female Banksy’, she has kept her identity anonymous for the last 5 years. A graduate from St. Martins Art College, she has been an active graffiti artist in London (Islington). Her art is a perfect fusion of pop and street art. A feminine touch is achieved as well, with the glitter she uses in some of her portraits.
She is now a highly collectible artist, with a huge celebrity fan base including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Robbie Williams, Rihanna etc. Her work can fetch over a £ 100,000 Pounds.
“I like to entertain and amuse people with my art. I know what I do is illegal,” she said. “It’s criminal damage, and I can get very nervous when I’m out working, often in the early hours. The trouble is I have never been able to resist a blank wall.”
Bambi was recently in the news when, Kanye West gifted wife (Kim Kardashhian West) with a semi-nude portrait of her as a wedding gift. In 2011 she gained public praise for an Amy Winehouse painting in Camden, near the star’s home, after her untimely death.
Lately, speculation over Bambi’s identity began surfacing with a few confirmed rumors of her being an exceptional singer, Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell, M.I.A., and Paloma Faith have all been identified as possible candidates for the artist in-disguise.
She justifies the reason for her anonymity as well because of ‘security’ and ‘creative freedom’.
In August,2014, one of her pieces was stolen, which led to a debate of whether street art should be given security or not. Ideally, street art is put out there for the public to enjoy, and to add a certain vibe to a street. Many argue that art that holds such value should be guarded and given protection.
It has been an on-going debate and some of her pieces are under supervision currently.
Some categorize Bambi’s art as a form of vandalism but in my opinion it’s something that should be cherished as it brings joy to people and colour to the street. You can follow Bambi’s art on her official Twitter account.
Under these circumstances I suppose the art would require substantial security. What do you think?