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Banksy: Monkey Detonator - Signed Mixed Media

Monkey Detonator
Signed Mixed Media

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Mixed Media, 2000
Signed Mixed Media Edition of 25

Critical Review

Much like the interpretations of these two other pieces, Monkey Detonator can be seen as a commentary on animal rights and how our time is running out before the oppressed, be that the working class or animals we keep in cages, will strike back. The inclusion of a bomb means the artwork can also be viewed as a comment on war and violence. Many of Banksy’s artworks such as Heavy Weaponry and Mosquito use animals to make comments on modern warfare and society’s obsession with war.

Monkey Detonator captures the essence of Banksy’s visual style, characterised by the use of the spray paint and stencil technique. Banksy adopted this method in the 1990s as it enabled him to produce artworks quickly so as to avoid being seen by the public or worse, being caught by the police.

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