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Artist Statement:


New York City based artist HANKSY uses the streets as his

canvas, employing clever puns and turns of phrases to delight

fans and observant passersby. Shortly after moving to New York

in 2010, HANKSY began noticing the city’s vibrant street art

scene, in which hand painted works of art, elaborate stencils,

and detailed screen prints enrich blighted spots and capture the

attention of urban dwellers. Wanting to contribute to the ever

growing movement, but determined to maintain a light-hearted

approach, HANKSY began satirizing British street art legend Banksy

by mashing up his most famous works with references from Tom Hanks

films. His clever remixes delighted New Yorkers, turning HANKSY

into a social media phenomenon and quickly earning him a place in

the competitive New York street art world. HANKSY’s new work

broadens his satirical scope, lampooning pop culture icons like

Bruce  Willis and Ryan Gosling, while staying true to his punny

origins. With HANKSY on the streets, no celebrity is safe.


press list: (selected)

NYTimes – Mash Up Artist Goes Viral

Hanksy on The Colbert Report:

Huffington Post “The Artist Hanksy Creates Banksy-like Images of Tom Hanks” Huffington Post UK “Spoof Artist

Hanksy Takes Banksy One Step Closet To Hollywood” ARTNET “An Interview With Hanksy.” Reverend Jen “Who…Is…Hanksy?,” Michelle Collins

GEEKOSYSTEM “Hanksy Brings An Awesome Pun to the World of Street Art,” Eric Limer

Paste Magazine “Meet the Hottest New Tom Hanks-Inspire Street Artist: Hanksy,” (multiple), Benjamin Sutton “The Coolest NYC Street Artists,” Kermichell Leo “It’s Now Tme to

Meet Banksy’s Impersonator – Hanksy,” John Wenrich “Hanksy Hits Chicago,” (multiple), Elie Perler

Fast Company “What Hanksy’s Rat-themed Street Art Means For Tom Hanks’ “Larry Crowne,” Nancy Miller, “7 Hankstastic Instance of Tom Hanks Graffiti” (multiple) “A Street Art Parody: Hanksy Lands First Solo Show,” Carly Beetsch SNAP! Magazine “Hanksy”

Wooster Collective (Multiple) Marc Schiller “Tag! Hanksy,” Faran Krenticl

Daily Maverick “Never mind Banksy, Here’s Hanksy,” Theresa Mallinson


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