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Mixed Media, 2004
Mixed Media Edition of 25
H 31cm x W 31cm
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|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|July 2015||Bonhams New Bond Street - United Kingdom||Rat With Umbrella - Mixed Media|
Banksy's 2004 Rat With Umbrella is a mixed media artwork from an edition of 25. The stencil and black and white spray paint piece features a rat wearing a suit, bowler hat and tie, holding an umbrella and briefcase. Banksy’s personified rats represent the everyman, here, in corporate attire.
Banksy draws the rat holding an umbrella and briefcase and the animal appears to be looking up at the sky or waiting for something. In this artwork the rat takes on the qualities of a person, perhaps a worker and the animal resembles a businessman going to work. The use of the stencil method in this artwork captures the essence of Banksy’s artistic style. Banksy favours stencils over freehand drawings as the stencil method enables him to produce artworks quickly so as to avoid being spotted by members of the public or caught by the police.
Rats frequently appear in Banksy’s artworks and have become one of the artist’s signature motifs. Rats are often used by Banksy to represent the masses or the working class. Rat imagery is used by Banksy as a metaphor for the potential uprising of the masses which reflects Banksy’s anti-establishment values.
Discussing his use of rats, Banksy explains “Like most people I have a fantasy that all the little powerless losers will gang up together. That all vermin will get some good equipment and then the underground will go overground and tear this city apart”.
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