Banksy was the first UK graffiti artist to successfully straddle the divide between street and fine art. Having initially built his reputation on a series of high profile public stunts, such as installing his own painting into the Tate Museum, Banksy has become a worldwide phenomenon and the leader of the street art movement. He started making editioned prints in 2002 and created over 50 in an 8 year period. His wit, humour and message have connected with a large international audience and he has become one of the hottest and most important living contemporary artists in the world. “NOLA Grey Rain” also known as “Umbrella Girl”, is a screenprint of Banksy’s 2008 stencil work done in New Orleans, Louisiana. As Hurricane Gustav bore down on the Gulf Coast in 2008, Banksy created a series of works that addressed the disaster of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. “Umbrella Girl” features a young girl who relies on her umbrella for protection, but discovers that the umbrella itself is the source of the rain. In portraying the forlorn young girl with a look of confusion, Banksy’s work relates directly to the feelings felt by New Orleanians as they presumed that the protective levees in place would protect them, but they in turn were a major factor in the flooding and devastation from Katrina. Nola is sold framed and on consignment. Certificate of authenticity from Pest Control
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