Banksy Bomb Hugger Signed Print

Bomb Hugger (Bomb Love) Banksy

Bomb Hugger, also known as Bomb Love or Bomb Girl, is an early Banksy screenprint. The image of a girl hugging a deadly weapon has become iconic and explores the dichotomy of love and war – a topic the artist is largely concerned with. A similar image first appeared as a mural in East London in 2003 and another appeared in Brighton the same year.

Bomb Hugger features in Banksy’s autobiographical book Wall and Piece published in 2005. At the time 150 signed screenprints were released as a limited edition along with 600 unsigned prints. Originally the screenprint came in one single colourway – fluorescent pink. Over the years Banksy reproduced the image in many different formats, on canvas or on placards on the occasion of anti-war protests.
Banksy’s Bomb Hugger shows a young girl with a ponytail hugging a bomb as if it were a cuddly toy. The bomb, akin to those dropped from military aircraft, is cumbersome held in the child’s small arms. The girl herself is stencilled in black and white on a blocked bubblegum pink background, accentuating her diminutive figure and evoking childhood posture, fragility and innocence. The treatment of the child’s figure is reminiscent of other young characters created by Banksy like the famous Girl with Balloon painted in London in 2002 or the Ice Cream Bomb Girl painted on Brighton Beach in 2004.

Bomb Hugger highlights the contrast of two seemingly opposed subjects – the young girl representing innocence and purity, and the bomb symbolising war and violence. The image provokes anxiety in the viewer, depicting a child holding a deadly weapon, which might explode any minute.

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