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Unsigned Print Edition of 600
H 100cm x W 70cm
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|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|May 2023||SBI Art Auction - Japan||Flying Copper - Unsigned Print|
|April 2023||SBI Art Auction - Japan||Flying Copper - Unsigned Print|
|October 2022||Bonhams New Bond Street - United Kingdom||Flying Copper - Unsigned Print|
|September 2022||Christie's Milan - Italy||Flying Copper - Unsigned Print|
|September 2022||Forum Auctions London - United Kingdom||Flying Copper - Unsigned Print|
|August 2022||Sotheby's Online - United Kingdom||Flying Copper - Unsigned Print|
|August 2022||Lyon & Turnbull Edinburgh - United Kingdom||Flying Copper - Unsigned Print|
Flying Copper is a 2003 screen print by Banksy featuring his smiley face motif, released in an unsigned edition of 600. Showing an armed British policeman in complete riot gear with an acid-house smiley face pasted over his own, the prints bear a coded, rebellious message.
Flying Copper is one of Banksy’s earlier iconic image known around the world. The image depicts an armed British policeman – in complete riot gear: machine gun, walkie-talkie, cuffs, helmet – with an insertion of a disarming ‘smiley face’ (synonymous with Britain’s ‘90s rave culture) and a pair of sprayed angel wings. The background is a block of bright, sky blue.
This print is a quintessential example of Banksy’s street art style with the use of contrasting aesthetics such as photo-realistic stencils combined with graphic features demonstrates the vast disparity between what we associate with the ‘smiley face’ (happiness), and what we associate with riot gear (fear and intimidation). The little angel wings on his back accentuate an amusing juxtaposition between morality, truth, military control and intimidation. It is usual for Banksy to remind us to be sceptical and wary of authority figures abusing power and the police have been a frequent target of his critiques, such as in other works like Donuts and most famously Rude Copper.
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