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Art Graffiti & Street Art


Unauthorized Underground Brick Street Art

by (photographer) Jeff Friesen

Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
Initial publish date
Sep 2015
Graffiti & Street Art, Parodies, General
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2015
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From Jeff Friesen, award-winning photographer and author of United States of LEGO®, comes a hilarious new book of diorama photographs that uses LEGO bricks to spoof the famous work of the mysterious anonymous graffiti artist known as Banksy. Friesen gives new meaning to gritty street art using clean, modernist bricks. Bricksy goes beyond transforming the medium by expanding the scenes it plays on and adding a humorous twist to each one. Each of the eighty-four photographs is wittily captioned, delightful to look at, and appropriate for a wide range of ages. At the end of the book is a legend featuring thumbnail reproductions of each original Banksy so readers can test their knowledge of Banksy’s catalogue with Friesen’s LEGO spinoffs.

While traditional street art is often rushed along by the threat of local law enforcement, Friesen has bountiful time to reimagine Banksy’s work into glossy LEGO glory that comes off the walls and springs to life. Banksy’s iconic characters gain intriguing new stories. Readers will discover where Banksy’s monkeys are taking charge and who the bouquet thrower’s star-crossed lover is.

You’ve never seen Banksy like this before. You’ve never seen LEGO like this before. Bricksy is a must-have book for fans of Banksy, fans of LEGO, and anyone with a sense of humor.

About the author

Jeff Friesen’s photography has received worldwide acclaim for a remarkably diverse array of work. His awards include the most prestigious in the photography world, including those from Communication Arts and Photo District News. Every summer Jeff works alongside his elementary school-aged daughter, June, as they take pictures of dioramas made with June’s toys. It’s serious fun. To see more of Jeff’s work visit and He lives in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

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Editorial Reviews

"What happens when you put LEGO bricks and some of street artist Banksy's most iconic works together” As photographer Jeff Friesen has proved, the answer is a whole lot of awesome." “Huffington Post

"LEGO and world-famous street artist Banksy have collided in a new product that takes everything you love about the latter's work, and literally builds on it." “FastCoCreate

"Photographer Jeff Friesen combines two seemingly disparate pop culture obsessions?LEGO and street art?to create a project guaranteed to go viral." “Artnet News

"Friesen cleverly reimagines Banksy's world-renowned images, giving them a considerable clean up. When placing the originals in a more light-hearted context, the subversive artworks are subverted themselves in a tongue-in-cheek fashion. For Friesen, it's all about getting a good laugh." “Mashable

"Photographer Jeff Friesen and his seven-year-old daughter June build recreations of Banksy's playful paintings out of the [LEGO] toys, and take pictures of their versions which have caught the attention of art lovers across the Internet." “

"All of the scenes that Friesen created were inspired by a Banksy artwork, but then, they've been given some very unexpected twists. Friesen infused each scene with his own funny sense of humor." “My Modern Met

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