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Unsigned Print Edition of 600
H 50cm x W 35cm
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Joe Syer, Head of Urban & Contemporary Art
|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|September 2022||Bonhams Knightsbridge - United Kingdom||Love Rat - Unsigned Print|
|September 2022||Christie's London - United Kingdom||Love Rat - Unsigned Print|
|April 2022||Bonhams Knightsbridge - United Kingdom||Love Rat - Unsigned Print|
|April 2022||Sotheby's Online - United Kingdom||Love Rat - Unsigned Print|
|March 2022||Christie's London - United Kingdom||Love Rat - Unsigned Print|
|March 2022||Forum Auctions London - United Kingdom||Love Rat - Unsigned Print|
|December 2021||Forum Auctions London - United Kingdom||Love Rat - Unsigned Print|
Banksy's Love Rat, from his Rat series, was released as an unsigned edition of 600 screen prints in 2004. Originally marketed as "ideal for a cheating spouse," the print depicts a rat painting a heart in red paint resembling blood, a reminder of love's painful nature.
Much like fellow Graffiti Artist, Blek Le Rat, the rat is among Banksy’s favourite symbols and some 20% of his prints feature a rat, such as Gangsta Rat and Radar Rat. The Love Rat first appeared as a mural in Liverpool as one of Banksy’s first images featuring his iconic rat character. In this print, we see the rat has painted a red heart with a paintbrush he is still holding, which is the only pop of colour on this image. This painting could be suggesting that even the worst of the worst love someone, since rats are often associated with being dirty and disliked. In a different interpretation one could see the drips coming from the red heart as bleeding, in which case the Love Rat is in fact the cause of some pain of the heart. As Banksy jokingly advertised this print on his site: “Ideal for a cheating spouse.” Rats are also symbols of intelligence and cleverness, which could potentially mean the figure the rodents could even be a representation of Banksy himself, reflecting on his position vis-à-vis the art establishment.
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