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Chocolate Donut by Banksy

Chocolate Donut by Banksy

Taglialatella Galleries



Edition Size: 299

Sheet Size: 22 x 29 5/16 inches


Condition: Pristine

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“Chocolate Donut,” part of Banksy’s Donut series, evokes the artist’s characteristic critical humor. A large, sprinkled donut sits atop a police van that is escorted by police on motorbikes. The donut is protect and treated as a VIP would be, comically alluding to the powers of both dignitaries and law enforcement. The print engages with concepts of authority through imagery of police protecting this larger-than-life symbol of consumerism, industrial power, and gluttony. Unlike many of Banksy’s artworks, “Chocolate Donut” did not originate as street art, but rather as a spray-painted canvas. 

The anonymous Banksy is one of the most well-known and mysterious contemporary artists working today. The details of Banksy’s life remain largely unknown to the public even as the pseudonym has garnered international acclaim. The artist’s street art and blue chip fine art prints combine spray paint and stenciling techniques with commercial symbols, figures of pop culture, and political imagery, often infused with ironic social commentary and humor. Banksy is critical of capitalism, and his graffiti has tagged the sides of corporate buildings, billboards, and the wall of the Israeli West Bank. Banksy frequently incorporates pranks and performance when unveiling new works. The artist has covertly added his art into museum galleries, including at the Tate Modern and the Louvre. He has opened exhibits with specially-bred rats running through the galleries. And, in 2018, the gilded frame housing one of his iconic works, “Girl With Balloon,” began to shred and partially destroy the artwork moments after Sotheby’s London closed bidding on the piece at $1.4 million.

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Bristol-born graffitist Banksy is the most famous and infamous street artist in the world. Despite the fact that he doesn’t create any work for the public to buy, or any pieces that can be displayed in a gallery, he is loved throughout the world for his spray on pieces of social commentary and taboo-busting images. Banksy’s true identity remains a secret and he prefer to stay in the shadows rather than take the acclaim for his work. He started using his trademark stencils as a way to create a piece quicker and so reduce the chances of being caught by the police. His works are displayed on walls, streets and bridges across his home town of Bristol and at other selected locations across the world. Fans have been known to try and take down walls, so they can own an original Banksy. A product of the British underground street scene of the 1990s, Banksy’s work is often darkly humorous, satirical and mocks the establishment. Some commentators have compared him to Blek le Rat, a French graffiti artist. Banksy himself says Bristol-based graffiti artist 3D was his original inspiration. In 2010 he directed a documentary film called ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’, about a man obsessed with street art.

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