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Signed Print Edition of 150
H 70cm x W 50cm
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|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|March 2023||Christie's London - United Kingdom||Bomb Love - Signed Print|
|September 2021||Christie's London - United Kingdom||Bomb Love - Signed Print|
|June 2021||Phillips London - United Kingdom||Bomb Love - Signed Print|
|April 2021||Christie's London - United Kingdom||Bomb Love - Signed Print|
|March 2021||Phillips Hong Kong - Hong Kong||Bomb Love - Signed Print|
|October 2020||Forum Auctions London - United Kingdom||Bomb Love - Signed Print|
|September 2020||Christie's London - United Kingdom||Bomb Love - Signed Print|
Among Banksy’s earliest screen prints is Bomb Love, a 2003 screen-print, released as a signed edition of 150. Bomb Love boldly depicts a ponytailed young girl hugging a bomb as though it were a cuddly toy, speaking to Banksy’s most recurrent motif: the struggle between innocence and violence.
Bomb Love is a bold and daring print, depicting a ponytailed young girl hugging a bomb as if it were a toy. It’s among Banksy’s most sought-after prints on the market for both signed and unsigned editions. The symbolism of this print strikes as particularly shocking - the bomb, akin to that which one would see dropped from a bomber on 24 hour news coverage, evokes an imposing and sinister effect as it is hugged to the young girl's chest. The background colour is a bright, fluorescent pink, adding to the childlike innocence of the image and enhances the uncanny juxtaposition between form and image, while serving to accentuate the figure in the foreground.
This artwork contains Banksy’s commentary on modern society’s affection for warfare, with bombs that are manufactured by some of our largest employers in the UK and sold by the millions like toys. Banksy is posing a decisive challenge to the press and politicians through this artwork, who portray warfare as an essential part of "democracy", attempting to justify its worthiness as a course of action to promote (or export) freedom, and peace. A more positive interpretation could be that Banksy is suggesting that the forces of love and peace can overcome the forces of violence. The artist could be formulating the hope that perhaps through the innocence of children we may one day achieve peace, akin to the themes we see in Girl With Balloon.
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