English based graffiti artist Banksy whose art often sells for hundreds of thousands of dollars is arguably the best known, unknown artist of our time. In 2014 he announced to New York that he would be an artist in residence in that city for a month and that he would post a new piece of art each day for 30 days.
Each day a new piece appeared in New York, and each morning Banksy released clues via social media as to the whereabouts of the new artwork. No two pieces were the same. They ranged from his classic street art, to moving displays, sculptures, and there was even artwork on canvas displayed in a homeless shelter. Massive crowds chased his artwork around the city each day, hoping to see evidence that Banksy was indeed in their city, and hoping that maybe they may catch a glimpse of Banksy himself.
The presence of Banksy created a storm in the city, with the mayor wanting him found and arrested, to other street artists tagging his work as their own. More entrepreneurial types cut out sections of walls, or stole Banksy displays to sell to the highest bidder, and of course there were the art elite who paid no attention to Banksy whom they did not consider a real artist.
Yet Banksy exists. His art is on display for all to see. No one knows the real identity of Banksy, other than a few close friends. The revelations of his presence and the way in which they give voice to his values evoke difference responses in people. Yet his
revelations are announcing to New York, to London, to Bristol, to Paris and Tel Aviv, and cities all over the world where Banky’s art has appeared, that he exists and he has something to say.
In Romans 1 Paul writes, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”
No one doubts the existence of Banksy, yet it can be argued God’s revelations of self are far more profound than street art. At Christmas, we are reminded that God make the ultimate revelation, He entered our world. He was not simply the artist in residence, He is the God in residence, and unlike Banksy, He desperately hopes that we would get to know Him in response to is revelation of Himself.