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  • Artist Biography

    Banksy

    British • 1974

    Anonymous street artist Banksy first turned to graffiti as a disillusioned youth. Inspired by the thriving graffiti community in his home city, Bristol, Banksy's works began appearing on trains and city streets in 1993, and by 2001, his signature, stenciled works had cropped up across the United Kingdom. Typically crafting his images with spray paint and cardboard stencils, Banksy is able to achieve a meticulous level of detail. His clean and immediately comprehensible aesthetic is a result of his unique ability to distill complex political and social statements into simple visual elements.  

    Through whimsy and humor, his graffiti works, paintings, and screenprints satirically critique war, capitalism, hypocrisy and greed. His anti-establishment wit has had an undeniable impact on today’s contemporary street culture.

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Laugh Now

2003
Screenprint in colours, on wove paper, the full sheet,
S. 69.4 x 49.5 cm (27 3/8 x 19 1/2 in.)
numbered 239/600 in pencil (an unsigned impression), published by Pictures on Walls, London, with the accompanying Certificate of Authenticity, framed.

Estimate
£3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for £6,250

Contact Specialist
Robert Kennan
Head of Sale, Editions
London
+44 207 318 4075

Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 11 June 2015 2pm & 6pm