Love Rat by Banksy

In Banksy’s Love Rat piece, first discovered in Liverpool, UK, is simple enough. It features a rat holding a red paintbrush in his two little paws, and on the wall, he has drawn a heart. The heart is dripping with red paint (bleeding?), probably due to the rat’s unsteady paws, but it is bold and complete. In this image, people see a city rat that stands for love, and perhaps they see themselves.

Presentation

Unframed

Size

19×13

Medium

screenprint

Genre

urban

Love Rat by Banksy

Banksy, the worlds most famous and most secretive graffiti artists, translates his notorious style into bold prints.

Arguably the most controversial street artist in the world, Banksy has developed an entire art subculture devoted to his works. Banksy’s art can impact any location at any given moment. His identity remains unknown, even after over 20 years of being involved with the graffiti scene. He has worked with many different types of street art media and street art types. His work not only includes many powerful, often controversial images, but they may also be found throughout the Internet as viral images.

His artwork has appeared throughout London and other locations around the world. Bansky’s artwork is characterized by striking images, often combined with slogans. His work regularly engages political themes, satirically critiquing war, capitalism, hypocrisy and greed. Common subjects include rats, apes, policemen, members of the royal family, and children. In addition to his two-dimensional work, Banksy is known for his installation artwork. One of the most celebrated of these pieces, which featured a live elephant painted with a Victorian wallpaper pattern, sparked controversy among animal rights activists. He was the subject of a 2010 documentary, “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” which examined the relationship between commercial and street art