The GAMBLE

Oil and scratch-off paint on canvas x 3

each 105cm x 140cm

Paintings based on a photo I took of Banksy in 2003

Croft, Michael 2015


"All propaganda must be popular and its intellectual level must be adjusted to the most limited intelligence among those it is addressed to. Consequently, the greater the mass it is intended to reach, the lower its purely intellectual level will have to be"

Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf


3 paintings - ONLY ONE WINNER


3 painted portraits of Banksy are for 'sale' with the eyes and mouth obscured with scratch-off paint. Only one will reveal the face, there is only one winner... the other two, well this...

The Gamble. Michael Croft. Banksy. Loser!

I have no need or desire to reveal Banksy's identity, that has already been done much more hysterically by the media (believe it or not). The Gamble is an artistic inquiry into the madness of the celebrity / media / spectator / consumer relationship.


This 'sale' is a hypothetical gesture, a reflection, not just on the absurd lengths some would go to reveal Banksy's identity, or the outlandish claims made about who / what he is, but at a deeper level, why people get so obsessed by a remote human being / brand; the drooling public, craving to 'know' a 'super-person', enthusiastically, ceaselessly fed by the grotesque daily information industry.


Even if I published the actual photo (I never will) these paintings are based on, I'm sure it would be met with denial and doubt. It seems there is a psychological need for the superfans to protect and preserve, almost religiously, their personal and collective interpretation of the Banksy brand, the political/art commodity, to maintain the value of their emotional investment in the star, the renegade, the outsider, the fugitive, eagerly awaiting the next manifestation... but the rebel-saviour has long been absorbed and revealed as part of the Spectacle.


"...dissatisfaction itself became a commodity" Guy Debord



The paintings are accurate representations, based on a photo, idealized and zit-free.


*Not for sale
Banksy painting | The Gamble - scratch-off painted portraits | Michael Croft
Banksy Painting | The Gamble | Banksy unmasked | oil on canvas | Michael Croft | Artist
Banksy Painting | The Gamble | Banksy unmasked | oil on canvas | Michael Croft | Artist
Michael Croft | Banksy Painting | The Gamble | Banksy unmasked | oil on canvas |  Artist
The GAMBLE - 3 paintings of Banksy Oil, scratch-off paint on Canvas. .... Banksy Painting
Banksy Painting | The Gamble | Banksy unmasked | oil on canvas | Michael Croft | Artist
Banksy Painting | The Gamble | Banksy unmasked | oil on canvas | Michael Croft | Artist
Banksy portrait - The Gamble -  Michael Croft  2015 >
The GAMBLE - before the mask Oil, scratch-off paint on Canvas. Michael Croft