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Spray Paint, 2000
Unsigned Spray Paint Edition of 10
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|April 2019||Sotheby's Hong Kong - Hong Kong||Avon And Somerset Constabulary (pink) - Unsigned Spray Paint|
|June 2017||Sotheby's Online - United Kingdom||Avon And Somerset Constabulary (pink) - Unsigned Spray Paint|
Banksy's early artwork, Avon And Somerset Constabulary (pink) (2002), released in an unsigned edition of 10, features spray paint on canvas. Banksy satirizes his hometown police force in Bristol, depicting two bumbling officers with binoculars looking in different directions, implying their incompetence in noticing even petty crimes, including graffiti.
Made around the time of Banksy’s move from Bristol to London, before the artist found international fame, Avon And Somerset Constabulary is less scornful of the police than Banksy’s later works. In this piece the police officers look incompetent rather than dangerous. Later prints and paintings featuring the police, like Flying Copper (2003) and Stop And Search (2007) are far more critical about the threat of police brutality, the increasing ‘nanny state’ and how law enforcers are more of a danger to the public than protectors.
“Some people become cops because they want to make the world a better place. Some people become vandals because they want to make the world a better looking place,” Banksy wrote in his 2005 book, Wall and Piece. It is almost prophetic that in 2008, close to eight years after Banksy made Avon And Somerset Constabulary, that Bristol became the first city in England to get an anti-graffiti police team. That Banksy’s graffiti has been protected by the city council sends the wrong message to other graffiti artists, the police force has argued – a statement that no doubt vindicates Banksy’s own views about the police
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