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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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Happy Chopper

2003
Screenprint in colours, on wove paper, with full margins.
I. 67.3 x 47.2 cm (26 1/2 x 18 5/8 in.)
S. 69.9 x 50 cm (27 1/2 x 19 5/8 in.)

Numbered 661/750 in pencil, an unsigned impression (the total edition was 600 unsigned and 150 signed impression), published by Pictures on Walls, London, with the accompanying Certificate of Authenticity issued by Pest Control, framed.

Estimate
£30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for £45,360

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 14 - 15 June 2021