Flying Copper (Pink) by Banksy

“Banksy’s Flying Copper is an early iconic image that has been made into original paintings, prints and stencils thrown up on walls all over the world. The image presents a winged officer fully clad in riot gear, donning the disarming and friendly visage of a smiley face.Flying Copper captures the duality between peacekeeper and danger, reminding us to be skeptical of those with authority and power. The bright, simply-drawn Smiley presents such a childlike design of contentment that it is ripe for subversion, having been associated with both the acceptance and vilification of 1960s/1970s peace ideals and 1980s/1990s acid house culture (not to mention hundreds of other positive and negative pop culture appropriations).  Here the symbolism of the smiley face sits in interesting juxtaposition to assault rifle and armor – oppression and threat behind a friendly face. In a way, the print is perhaps more relevant than ever. In a climate where police violence on citizens is becoming more common and systemic,”

Created

2003

Size

30 x 40 In, 70 x 100 cm

Medium

Screenprint on paper

Presentation

AP Edition of 63

Signed

signed

Description

Flying Copper (Pink) 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. 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.

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.

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