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Flag (Silver) by Banksy

Flag (Silver) by Banksy

Christopher-Clark Fine Art

Offset Lithograph


Edition Size: 1,000

Image Size: 16 3/4 z 17 1/4 inches

Sheet Size: * inches


Condition: Excellent

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Offset lithograph in black ink on silver metallic paper.

A superb impression of the definitive state, from the edition of 1000, numbered on the verso. Published by Pictures on Walls bearing its blindstamp on the verso. Accompanied by an authenticating certificate from the Pest Control Office. Examples from this edition were released as part of the exhibition Santa’s Ghetto, London, December, 2006.

Flag shows a group of children and young adults standing victoriously atop a burned-out car raising the American flag. The protagonists are portrayed as disenfranchised urban youths. With only one touch of color, represented by a large gold or silver (according to the edition) sun or moon, Banksy’s work is a reference to the iconic photograph Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima by American photographer Joe Rosenthal, taken on 23 February 1945. The photo depicts six US Marines lifting the Stars and Stripes atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

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The Artist


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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