Precision Bombing (grey) is a spray paint in colours on canvas produced by the renowned street artist Banksy in 2000. Coming in an edition size of 10 the canvas shows a group of five men in suits walking towards a car. The men are rendered in black and white spray paint using a stencil, a characteristic feature of Banksy’s visual language. The car the men are walking to appears to be the target of a gun, as indicated by the green precision range finder sprayed over the car. The image in Precision Bombing (grey) is set against a grey backdrop and the design comes in various colour iterations, such as green.
The target shape in this artwork reflects a recurring theme that is found in Banksy’s artworks- paranoia. Many of Banksy’s works imply that nobody can be trusted and people are always being watched or surveilled by a powerful elite. The target also resonates with themes of war and violence which feature prominently in Banksy’s artworks.
Precision Bombing was first exhibited at Severnshed which was the artist’s first exhibition in Bristol, his hometown. Produced in 2000, the artwork captures Banksy’s departure from freehand painting in favour of using stencils, a method which enabled him to produce artworks in a fraction of the time so as to avoid being caught by the police.
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