Banksy - Banksy: Who's Laughing Now? Hong Kong Thursday, December 6, 2018 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Private Collection
    London, Christie's, 22 April 2015, lot 65
    Private Collection
    London, Christie's, 10 December 2015, lot 184
    Private Collection, United Kingdom
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2016

  • Artist Biography


    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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Monkey Queen

Screenprint in colours, on wove paper, with full margins.
I. 48.3 x 33.5 cm (19 x 13 1/4 in.)
S. 49 x 34 cm (19 1/4 x 13 3/8 in.)

Numbered 179/750 in pencil, an unsigned impression (the edition was 150 signed and 600 unsigned impressions), published by Pictures on Walls, London, with the accompanying certificate of authenticity issued by Pest Control, framed.

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