Wednesday Picture: Tracking Bambi Street Artist

Despite our urban surrounds, Kentishtowner is never short of a good animal in the starring role. And previously, on the …

Amy Jane, Camden Road   Pic: Stephen Emms
Amy Jane, Camden Road Photo: Stephen Emms

Despite our urban surrounds, Kentishtowner is never short of a good animal in the starring role. And previously, on the Wednesday Picture alone, we’ve pursued elephants, mourned a goose, followed a herd of cows and encountered two generations of giant black cats. But today? We’re out hunting for Bambi.

Of course, this little deer has more in common with the recent Top 5 Banksy Locations than any of our more feathered, hooved or tusked friends. For Bambi is the nom de spraycan of an artist now being endlessly referred to as “the female Banksy.”

The comparison is a fairly reasonable, if perhaps lazy one, as convenient to her slick PR machine as it’s controversial to the street art aficionados/bores leaving apoplectic comments online. But, however you wish to frame it, this anonymous girl artist is certainly picking up a similar amount of column inches – plus the accompanying rise in the sale prices of her work – at the moment. And, possibly even more so than Lord Banksy has done, she’s marking her territory in and around this part of London.

Perhaps her most famous piece is located opposite Camden Town Sainsbury’s – a portrait of much missed local ledge Amy Winehouse. As with any Banksy worth its chops, the piece has been variously defaced, restored, painted over, replaced and covered in Perspex. When we paid it a visit yesterday the protective plastic shield had been smashed off, some recent tags carefully airbrushed out in perfectly matched door paint, and a Swarovski-like jewel lovingly placed to represent Amy’s pierced lip.


Next: Loads more Bambi street art in the area

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  • Ward Bond

    A terrible blight on Islington, ‘A bit like marmite’ oh well done…very thought provoking!

  • Jean Mumford

    Great article, but just so everybody knows Walton Fine Arts appear NOT to be her exclusive agents. I checked it out and found two other galleries, Globe Gallery and Taylor Gallery, who work with her… they’ve got great signed Amy prints and other works like Make Tea Not War. Worth a visit!

    • Walton Fine Arts

      Dear Jean Mumford
      Just to clear things up WaltonFine Arts are Bambi’s exclusive global agents, on all her original art by contract and on marketing her works. This exclusivity does not include Bambi’s prints, which she distributes through various channels, two of which you have just mentioned. If there is any confusion we will be happy to take this up with our legal department. Thank you so much.

  • Josh

    I love how Bambi’s art is both somehow modern and relevant, yet also timeless and profound. I expect big things from her!

  • Frankie

    Just thought I’d make this clear – Bambi, whoever she is, has already been arrested once and thrown in a cell overnight. She revealed this in an interview last year.