Steve Lazarides - The Art of Banksy
Steve Lazarides was a photographer when he met Bristol graffiti artist Banksy on a shoot. He began selling the artist's works to friends, and together the pair launched the Pictures on Walls website in 2001, selling not just Banksy's work, but that of other street artists. Business thrived, and Lazarides opened his first gallery in London in 2006. He and Banksy parted ways in 2008, but Lazarides continues to tour the artist's work around the world. He's also added several other artists to his stable including Jamie Hewlett, the man who created artwork for Damon Albarn's virtual band Gorillaz, and the painter Antony Micallef, whose show at Lazarides' gallery sold out in half an hour. Lazarides' The Art of Banksy collection will be in Auckland January 5 to February 6, 2018. It is the largest collection of Banksy work in the world.