How to compare the work of Rembrandt with Picasso or Banksy?
Defining ‘Art’ is a matter of personal preference, so agreed the on-line audience.
The proposer suggested that graffiti was a form of aggressive vandalism, defacing buildings and degrading the environment. Banksy’s status as a community champion of the oppressed is somewhat tarnished by the fortune he is amassing while damaging other people’s property.
The opposing argument cited the beauty of well-known wall paintings, from the cave paintings of Lascaux in France to the work of Rex Whistler, whose work can be seen and admired in Brighton. Surely some graffiti can enhance the character of a town, with Bristol quoted as an example, where the removal of graffiti is seen as a retrograde step.
The ensuing discussion was lively with the motion lost by a single vote.