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Kids On Guns

Kids On Guns
Signed Mixed Media


Mixed Media, 2004
Signed Mixed Media Edition of 25
H 51cm x W 51cm

Critical Review

The spray paint on canvas is rendered in black and white and the only colour in the composition comes from the red balloon. The simplicity of the black and white composition brings a sombre tone to the print.

In Kids On Guns the children Banksy depicts can be interpreted as representing childlike innocence. The balloon can be seen as a symbol for love and hope, while the pile of guns beneath represents the violence and suffering caused by war. The image can be read in two ways, both as a hopeful piece, suggesting that humanity can come together to overcome violent conflicts, but also as a pessimistic commentary on the devastating effect that war and conflict can have on society.

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