Banksy is hands-down the most popular/notorious street artist from across the pond. Just a few years ago, like most graff artists, he was considered a vandal by the general public. But over the years he has gained a certain popularity with his humorous and often satirical political/ethical pieces. Check out Wikipedia for more Banksy info.
Recently, a Banksy exhibition was put on at the Bristol Musuem. Homeboy took over the whole building, and most of the usual pieces at the musuem have been replaced by works by the street artist. What’s crazy is that for months the thing was kept a secret, and the few musuem officials that did know about it didn’t even get to meet Banksy. They communicated mostly through phone or through his agent. It’s crazy to think after all these years his identity is still a mystery (my bet is that his “agent” is really him, but i digress…).
Anyways, a link to the BBC article on the exibition can be found here. There’s also a Youtube video below showing some of the pieces.