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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Catalogue Essay

    Graffiti is not the lowest form of art. Despite having to creep about at night and lie to your mum it’s actually the most honest art form available. There is no elitism or hype, it exhibits on some of the best walls a town has to offer… a wall has always been the best place to publish a work… Some people become cops because they want to make the world a better place. Some people become vandals because they want to make the world a better looking place.
    Banksy, Banksy: Wall and Piece, London, 2005, n.p

  • Artist Biography

    Banksy

    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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Untitled

2002
Spraypaint stencil on board.
24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm).
Signed "BANKSY" lower left.

Estimate
£30,000 - 40,000 

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

Evening Sale
13 October 2007, 4pm
London