Banksy paints Steve Jobs at refugee camp in France

Banksy's mural of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
Banksy's mural of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.PHOTO: BANKSY.CO.UK
Banksy's portrait at The Jungle in Calais.
Banksy's portrait at The Jungle in Calais.PHOTO: BANKSY.CO.UK
Banksy's take on Raft of the Medusa in Calais town centre.
Banksy's take on Raft of the Medusa in Calais town centre.PHOTO: BANKSY.CO.UK
Banksy's take on Raft of the Medusa in Calais town centre.
Banksy's take on Raft of the Medusa in Calais town centre.PHOTO: BANKSY.CO.UK

British artist Banksy has put the refugee crisis at the centre of his latest series of works - painting  Apple co-founder Steve Jobs on the wall of a refugee camp in France.

The mural, at the sprawling makeshift migrant camp known as the Jungle, features Steve Jobs carrying one of Apple's early computers and a bin bag.

In a statement, Banksy said that Apple – one of the world’s most successful brands – wouldn’t exist without the work of a refugee.

“We’re often led to believe migration is a drain on the country’s resources, but Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian migrant," he says.

“Apple is the world’s most profitable company, it pays over US$7 billion a year in taxes – and it only exists because they allowed in a young man from Homs.”

Unveiling his new works, Banksy pointed out that the Apple co-founder's biological father, Abdulfattah 'John' Jandali, was from the Syrian city of Homs, now devastated by civil war.

Jobs was given up for adoption soon after his birth to Mr Jandali and his American girlfriend Joanne Carole Schieble, according to reports. He never met his biological father and was raised by Californian couple Paul and Clara Jobs.

In October, a report described conditions in The Jungle as “diabolical” and a “humanitarian emergency”.

French authorities have estimated that around 5,000 migrants are in Calais. Many of them are living in The Jungle and want to move to Britain.

Banksy also painted his own take on Theodore Gericault's Raft of the Medusa, an icon of French Romanticism.

His version of the painting, which is in Calais town centre, features a luxury yacht and is captioned: "We're not all in the same boat."

This isn’t the first time Banksy has used his work to show his support for refugees.

Dismaland, his Disney-inspired art installation, was a popular tourist attraction throughout its five-week run in a seaside town in Somerset, England.

In October, the installation – which Banksy described as a “family theme park unsuitable for children” – was dismantled and the timber used to provide shelter for refugees in Calais.

He named the project Dismal Aid.

"When Dismaland closed its doors it was that decided that instead of chucking all the leftover crew in the bin they should be recycled into aid workers," it said on Banksy's website.

"They've since travelled to the Calais migrant came and so far have completed 12 dwellings, a community area and a children's play park."