Warning Invader (grey) is a signed screen print made by the ground-breaking French street artist Invader. Coming in an edition size of 125 the print shows a white circle with an alien in it. The circle is surrounded by a red band and the image looks like a road sign that is signalling danger. The print appears to be suggesting that one must pay attention because there are aliens lurking ahead.
The alien character depicted in Warning is a character from the popular arcade game, Space Invaders, produced by Japanese game manufacturer Taito in 1978. The arcade game has inspired many of Invader’s artworks and even prompted the artist to launch an elaborate street art project, the Space Invaders project, which involved him travelling all over the world to decorate cities with mosaics of aliens. Discussing why he chose these particular alien characters to be the recurring visual motif that runs throughout his work, Invader explains: ‘In my own eyes, they are the perfect icons of our time, a time where digital technologies are the heartbeat of our world’.
The road sign is humorous as it seems to contain an intertextual reference to Invader’s installation project which propelled Invader’s artistic career and turned him into an international street art icon. Warning also captures how Invader’s artistic style is characterised by his playful nature, love of games and wit.