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Spray Paint, 2008
Unsigned Spray Paint Edition of 25
H 30cm x W 30cm
|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|March 2020||Christie's Amsterdam - Netherlands||Paranoid Pictures - Unsigned Spray Paint|
|October 2016||Sotheby's Online - United Kingdom||Paranoid Pictures - Unsigned Spray Paint|
|July 2015||Digard - France||Paranoid Pictures - Unsigned Spray Paint|
|February 2014||Sotheby's Online - United Kingdom||Paranoid Pictures - Unsigned Spray Paint|
|December 2007||Sotheby's Online - United Kingdom||Paranoid Pictures - Unsigned Spray Paint|
Banksy's 2008 Paranoid Pictures is a limited edition mixed media artwork of 25, featuring a parody of the Paramount Pictures logo with the alternate name "Paranoid Pictures." The stenciled spray paint on canvas artwork cleverly uses the iconic white mountain and starry arch for a punny twist.
In this artwork, Banksy re-appropriates the logo by replacing the text ‘Paramount’ by the word ‘Paranoid’. Banksy keeps the same aesthetic for the logo, and even uses the same font, meaning that at first glance, it is not apparent that the artist has changed the name of the production company. Paranoid Pictures is the logo for the fictional production company created by Banksy. In 2010, the artist released a documentary film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, which premiered at Sundance and told the story of Thierry Guetta, a French immigrant in Los Angeles who was obsessed with street art.
Using a stencil and black and white spray paint, a characteristic feature of Banksy’s visual language, the artist reproduces the mountain, arch of stars, and curved font. Banksy adopted the stencil technique in the 1990s because it enabled him to produce graffiti drawings in a fraction of the time and evade being caught by the police or being spotted by onlookers.
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