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Mixed Media, 2002
Mixed Media Edition of 5
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Every Time I Make Love To You I Think Of Someone Else is a spray paint and acrylic stencil on canvas made by the internationally acclaimed street artist Banksy in 2002. The canvas comes in an edition size of 5 and shows a pink heart spray painted against a white backdrop. Banksy renders two tanks in black and white and the right tank is trying to attack the other by running it over. The left vehicle bears a strong resemblance to a British Humber armoured car which was one of the most widely produced cars during World War II.
This canvas is one of Banksy’s earlier artworks and was exhibited at Banksy’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles at the 33 ⅓ Gallery. The image captures how Banksy’s style developed overtime, with the artist abandoning freehand painting in favour of the stencil technique. Banksy started using stencils in the 1990s because it was a quick and simple method to produce his artworks. The technique enabled the artist to reproduce images in a fraction of the time which helped him avoid being caught by the police.
The canvas carries a strong political message: modern warfare is the equivalent of a loveless relationship in which the opposing sides are simply going through the motions of war without thinking about the consequences or motivations for their actions.
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