Few contemporary artists are celebrated by the average man as much as the mysterious king of counter culture, Banksy. His subversive brands of humour, rejection of conformity, authority and warfare have captured the imagination of many, whilst his remarkable talents have impressed the art world.

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Starting off as a youngster with a sharp sense of humour, keen political eye and a talented hand with a spray can, he is now one of the most successful and celebrated artists of his generation. An accomplished political activist and film director, Banksy’s street art is undoubtedly his biggest achievement. The artist has been referenced in many areas of popular culture, guest starring as a character on hit comedy The Simpsons and designing the album sleeve for Blur’s “Think Tank” album.

Bristol – the home of Banksy?

Banksy’s artwork has sprung up on the walls and pavements of many towns and cities, notably London, Brighton and California. However his work is most evident in Bristol, widely believed to be his hometown.

It is for this reason that many of his fans make the pilgrimage to Bristol, hunting out his most famous artistic offerings. Much of Banksy’s early work from 1998-2001 was considered by many as little more than vandalism, with much of his work destroyed and painted over. Thankfully today, some great examples still exist in the city with the demand for Banksy originals resulting in entire walls being auctioned off, removed and shipped to private collections and galleries.

Visiting Bristol

Bristol is a large city spread over a considerable distance and Banksy’s work can be found on almost every street corner. Driving in Bristol will provide you with plenty of opportunity to catch a glimpse of his iconic art whilst viewing the stunning skyline of this beautiful city.

Here at Avis we provide plenty of options for car rental in Bristol so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Competitive prices and high quality services mean you’ll benefit from numerous features and get the car hire experience you deserve.

Bristol car hire provides you with the means to explore the length of breadth of this fantastic city, with more than just the artwork of Banksy to keep you occupied. Whether you stick within the city limits or take a trip over Clifton Suspension Bridge and visit the Welsh country, all you need is a little research, a map (or sat nav) and one of our fantastic hire cars.

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