Born in 1982, Bambi is a pseudonym for an anonymous Street Artist known for her stencilled graffiti artworks. She first made an appearance on the Street Art scene in 2010 when her tag appeared under a portrait of Amy Winehouse in Camden. Since then, Bambi has continued to build on her repertoire with murals and paintings popping up around London of iconic contemporary figures. Her works are unapologetically political and tend to comment on female identity and patriarchal culture.
Forming an Identity
Although little is known about the artist, in a rare interview with The Guardian she claimed her career began as a young vandal. The artist went from illegally spray painting cars to achieving a MA at Central Saint Martins Art School. Dubbed the ‘female Banksy’, her contemporary paintings can be found around London from her Diamond Jubilee tribute on Pickering Street in Islington to her portrait of Nelson Mandela, conveniently located on Mandela Street in Camden, inaugurated on the hero’s 95th birthday.
Bambi’s mixed-media urban style fuses classic stencil and spray paint graffiti techniques with original media such as diamond dust and gold leaf. Her portfolio also contains original artworks on canvas, metal installations and bold commercial prints. While there’s certainly a grungy element to her work, Bambi nevertheless brings a chic and feminine touch to her colourful creations such as in the delicate Stop And Smell The Roses, screenprint on somerset paper.
Most recently, the artist-provocateur attracted the media’s attention for her work entitled Lie Lie Land - on offer as a hand-pulled screen print - which shows Theresa May and Donald Trump dancing together, parodying the 2016 blockbuster film, La La Land. As well as adorning the city streets, Bambi’s work graces the walls of many celebrity homes from Rihanna to Brad Pitt, and Adele - Bambi also allegedly turned down Harry Styles' request to paint a mural in his own home. Her work has been featured in TIME, The Guardian, on CNN and The Culture Trip.