Bob Ross Narrates Banksy as He Paints a Powerful Piece Showing Oscar Wilde Escaping a British Prison

Street artist Banksy essentially mashed together a rather profound audio clip of the late greatly missed art instructor Bob Ross with a behind-the-scenes look as he created a powerful statement piece on the outside wall of a decommissioned British prison in Reading, England.

Entitled “The Great Escape”, the piece features the prison’s most famous resident Oscar Wilde climbing down the wall on a rope made of words and anchored by the typewriter that put the words on paper. This image perfectly matches what Ross was saying in that particular about what art represents to him.

Painting to me represents freedom. I can create the kind of world that I want to see that I want to be part of… We just want to show you a technique and turn you loose on the world, just absolutely turn you loose on the world. That really is the fun part of this whole technique.

Create Escape Oscar Wilde

Create Escape Typewriter

Create Escape

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails. Lori can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.