Stencil graffiti makes use of materials such as card and spray paint to create an image that is easily reproduced.
The technique of stencil graffiti is increasingly popular as it can be a quick and efficient method to apply designs to a surface. The speed of applying stencil graffiti is important to some artists, to avoid getting caught by law enforcement, if spraying on property without the owners consent.
Furthermore, the technique is an easy method to produce an artistic or political message, and allows designs to be publicly displayed. The rate of repetition also allows an artist to increase the visibility of their work. Often work is removed by authorities and, as such, stencil graffiti is often a transitory product.
One of the most widely recognized stencil graffiti artists is Banksy, an English artist, activist and director. His artwork, often high profile, mixes subversive and satirical images with dark humor. It can be seen all around the world, but is easily found in major English cities, including London, Bristol and Brighton.