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Spray Paint, 2002
Signed Spray Paint Edition of 5
H 43cm x W 51cm
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|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
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|June 2016||Bonhams New Bond Street - United Kingdom||Barcode Leopard - Signed Spray Paint|
|July 2014||Phillips London - United Kingdom||Barcode Leopard - Signed Spray Paint|
|March 2012||Bonhams New Bond Street - United Kingdom||Barcode Leopard - Signed Spray Paint|
Banksy's Barcode is a signed spray-paint multiple released in 2002, depicting a leopard emerging from a barcode resembling bent cage bars, in his signature monochromatic, stencilled style. Produced in a rare edition of just 5, it comments on the connection between consumerist capitalism and humanity's disregard for other species.
The image is rendered in black and white and captures the essence of Banksy’s street art style which was influenced by other street artists such as Blek Le Rat, Robert Del Naja and Keith Haring.
The cage from which the leopard has just escaped resembles a barcode on wheels. The image can be interpreted as a critique of keeping animals in captivity and the way animals become products in zoos and are exploited as a means of entertaining humans and making money. By rendering the cage in the form of a barcode, Banksy links the enclosure to consumerism and capitalism, imbuing the artwork with a political message. The fact that the leopard is escaping the cage brings a sense of optimism to the artwork as it implies that we can free ourselves from the constraints and power of consumerism and capitalism
The canvas was exhibited at Banksy’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles at the 33 ⅓ Gallery. Banksy continued to exhibit work in Los Angeles and made a name for himself in the United States following his Barely Legal Exhibit in 2006.
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