Smiling Copper

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  • Provenance

    WUK Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna
    Private Collection, Vienne (acquired from the above in 2003)
    Sotheby's, London, 9 March 2017, lot 243
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Vienna, WUK Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Bad Press, 26 June - 26 July 2003 (exhibited)

  • Artist Bio


    British • 1975 - N/A

    Anonymous street artist Banksy first turned to graffiti as a miserable fourteen year old disillusioned with school. Inspired by the thriving graffiti community in his home city, Bristol, Banksy's works began appearing on trains and walls in 1993, and by 2001 his blocky, spray-painted works had cropped up all over the United Kingdom. Typically crafting his images with spray paint and cardboard stencils, Banksy is able to achieve a meticulous level of detail. His aesthetic is clean and instantly readable due to his knack for reducing complex political and social statements to simple visual elements.

    His graffiti, paintings and screenprints use whimsy and humour to satirically critique war, capitalism, hypocrisy and greed — with not even the Royal family safe from his anti-establishment wit.

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Smiling Copper

stencil spray paints and acrylic on corrugated cardboard
200 x 78 cm (78 3/4 x 30 3/4 in.)
Executed in 2003, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Pest Control.

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Banksy: The Authentic Rebel

Taipei Exhibition 16 March - 24 March 2019