HAPPY CHOPPERS, 2002
Aerosol stencil on board
Stencil signed „Banksy“ lower right
42 by 23 1/2 inches
Accompanied by a Steve Lazarides signed letter of authenticity
An aerosol stencil depicting a squadron of armed military helicopters with the lead “chopper” dressed in a pink bow. Signed by Banksy using a multi-colored layered font. This board originally was used to prevent the public from accessing a construction site in Central London at the Whitecross Street Market in 2002. This street work is an early example of Banksy’s helicopter motif, an image constructed to magnify contradiction. The pink bow sits lightly upon the fighter aircraft making a mockery of their masculinity while also highlighting their inherent danger. This added decoration forces the viewer to question the helicopter’s innocence which becomes even more ambiguous when dressed up in a girly pink bow. Used on both protest pickets and public walls, Banksy has revisited the Happy Chopper image numerous times and it has since become an iconic part of his repertoire.
HEART BOY, 2009
Black aerosol stencil and pink acrylic on concrete and white-washed brick
86 1/2 by 41 3/4 by 11 3/4 inches
27-30 Goswell Road Land Owner
LITERATURE Banksy – Locations and Tours
EXHIBITION HISTORY Please Love Me, Flower Cellars, London, UK
On a dark night in Islington London, not far from Kings Cross Station, Banksy and fellow Brooklyn based collective Faile, stalked the streets looking for the right building to continue their collaboration. On that fateful night, the meeting of whitewashed brick and concrete became the site of Banksy’s seminal mural Boy with Heart. The stencil can be found in at least three different places throughout London including Tottenham Court Road, the round-a-bout at Old Street, and on Rivington Street in Shoreditch. Banksy posted images of these works to his own website (www.banksy.co.uk) shortly after their creation and examples of the same brush weilding boy executed by Banksy can be found documented on pages 64 and 128 of his own book Wall and Piece (UK, Century, 2006). As a provocateur, Banksy is known for his sarcastic and irreverent style and Boy with Heart doesn’t fail to uphold this stereotype. The demolition of the building in 2009 initiated the removal and conservation of the mural, which has remained in the owner’s possession.
Banksy’s Corrosive Bird, stencil spray paint and acrylic on canvas, von 2001 auf 76 by 76 cm hat gestern (12.02.2015) bei Bonhams in London den Preis von umgerechnet 158.000 EUR erzielt. Ein Ergebnis, dass deutlich unter Beweis stellt, dass Banksy im Establishment angekommen ist.