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Banksy’s ‘HMV’ draws on the iconic imagery from Francis Barraud’s painting ‘His Master’s Voice’ (c. 1884), depicting a curious terrier looking into the horn of a gramophone. The painting was used as the basis for the logo used by entertainment company HMV, and finally re-appropriated by Banksy in the present work. Banksy’s rendition features a bazooka-yielding canine taking aim at the gramophone, executed in the artist’s typical stenciled style. Of the 750 prints created, only 150 copies were signed.
Published by Pictures on Walls, London
July 2003: 'Turf War', London, UK
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Frame: 20.47 x 26.38 in (52 x 67 cm)
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Banksy (English, b. 1974) is a globally-recognized graffiti artist, activist, and provocateur. Known for his anonymity and stenciled figures, his work regularly engages political themes, satirically critiquing war, capitalism, hypocrisy, and greed. To this effect, his depictions of rats, apes, policemen, royalty, and children have surreptitiously appeared in museums, on street corners, and in installations throughout London and around the world. Democratic at heart, Banksy’s work spurns the bourgeois nature of the art world, as demonstrated in 2018 when he deliberately shredded one of his pieces moments after it sold at Sotheby’s. Still, his popularity forces him to tread a fine line between commercial and street art, which he examined in his Academy Award-nominated documentary, ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop.’