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Signed Print Edition of 50
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Celine Fraser, Acquisition Coordinator
Astro Boy is a signed screen print made by the ground-breaking French street artist Invader in 2014. The print comes in an edition size of 50 and depicts the protagonist of Osamu Tezuka’s popular manga series, Astro Boy, which dates back to the 1950s but is still very popular today. Against a backdrop composed of white squares with blue outlines, Invader produces a drawing of Astro Boy by colouring in various squares using pink, red, green and black. The simple style resonates with the 8-bit visual register of the arcade games that played a significant role in Invader’s development as an artist.
In this print, Astro Boy’s full body is captured at the bottom-right of the composition. Invader draws two other iterations of Astro Boy, one which captures just his head, and another which captures his head and torso. By producing these different versions of the character, Invader draws attention towards his creative process and the way in which he approaches his drawings and the stages involved in their composition.
While Invader is a critically acclaimed artist, his true identity is unknown. Invader calls himself an ‘Unidentified Free Artist’ and tries to preserve his anonymity, like British street artist Banksy. Discussing the reason behind this, Invader explains, in part, it is because it means 'I can visit my own exhibitions without any visitors knowing who I really am even if I stand a few steps away from them’.