Toxic Mary by Banksy

This screen print by street art icon, Banksy, reflects his signature mix of social critique and biting, ironic humor. Here, Banksy adapts the traditional subject of the Madonna and Child, as Mary feeds her infant child with a lurid yellow bottle marked toxic.

His satirization of their familial relationship, with Mary feeding Jesus poison, is not only a social critique on the toxicity of religion but also on the relationship between mother and son.

Created

2004

Medium

screenprint

Size

19×27

Presentation

Edition of 750 (150 Signed, 600 Unsigned)

Genre

urban

Toxic Mary by Banksy

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. Hisidentity 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.

Banksy’s 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

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.