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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||Happy Choppers - Signed Print|
|October 2022||Sotheby's New York - United States||Happy Choppers - Signed Print|
|August 2022||Sotheby's Online - United Kingdom||Happy Choppers - Signed Print|
|July 2022||Christie's New York - United States||Happy Choppers - Signed Print|
|June 2022||Phillips London - United Kingdom||Happy Choppers - Signed Print|
|April 2022||Sotheby's Online - United Kingdom||Happy Choppers - Signed Print|
|April 2022||Forum Auctions London - United Kingdom||Happy Choppers - Signed Print|
First seen as a street artwork in London in 2002, Banksy's Happy Choppers prints as a signed edition of 150 screen-prints in 2003. Adorning military-grade helicopters with pink bows, Banksy draws attention to the crisis of civilians, especially children, under attack, in a typically sardonic and anti-war tinged sentiment.
The overt and sarcastic criticism of warfare and military activity is something we have come to expect from Banksy artwork. This humorous artwork depicts a hailstorm of gunships, possibly Apaches, approaching over the horizon. A bright blue sky behind them, and fluffy cartoonish clouds belies the oncoming danger. The helicopters are incredibly detailed, with particularly accurate recreation of the rotor blades and landing gear - which serves to accentuate the peril evoked by the artwork. One helicopter is wrapped in a cutesy baby pink ribbon, as though it were a gift, which could be interpreted as a tongue-in-cheek comment on politicians’ rhetoric, who preach that when they “export” their democracy, they consider it a gift to the citizens whose lives they are about to turn upside down through violent conflict.
Some more critical commentary blamed Happy Choppers for making light of war, however it is unlike Banksy to be so blasé about the loss and destruction associated with military activity and intervention, which is an issue he has been seriously advocating against in his artistic practice such as with powerful works like Love is in the Air (Flower Thrower).
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