UK based Banksy is known for his art installations all over the world. As a graffiti artist, painter, activist, and filmmaker, he was also one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2010, sharing the spotlight with the likes of Steve Jobs and President Obama. His art is satirical in nature with an underlying political and social commentary stenciled on walls, bridges and streets.
Jeff Friesen is an award winning photographer with an impressive list of credentials and his work has been seen in publications all around the world. All of Jeff’s work begin as personal projects, and in the past, we’ve featured some of his work from his miniature train series through Canada.
Jeff’s most recent series combines the work of Banksy with a personal project he shares with his daughter. In the summer, Jeff and his daughter play together. Last year, while playing with the toy of choice, LEGOs, Jeff set up a table top photo “studio,” made toy dioramas out of their LEGO creations and began photographing them. And “The Brick Fantastic” was born. “The Brick Fantastic” is a website devoted solely to Jeff’s LEGO dioramas – “The Great LEGO North,” which pays homage to his Canadian roots, “The 50 States of LEGO,” which is set to be released as a book this fall and his new series, “Bricksy: LEGO Banksy.”
This series was spun off of another LEGO series Friesen was working on, LEGO London. He wanted to recreate one of Banksy’s artworks, but couldn’t decide on which, so a completely separate series was born. In this “unauthorized, underground LEGO street art” series, “Bricksy,” Jeff reimagines some very recognizable Banksy pieces and adds his own clever extensions to the scene. For example, in the familiar Balloon Girl image below, Jeff sets the scene around her with buildings, bricks and a pressure gauge.
(In each image, Banksy’s original art can be seen in the corner).
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