Happy Choppers by Banksy

Happy Choppers Banksy

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Banksy’s Happy Choppers screen print was released in 2003 as an edition of 750 pieces – just 150 signed prints, 33 of which are artist’s proofs, and 600 unsigned prints.

Happy Choppers was created on the occasion of the artist’s exhibition Santa’s Ghetto, intended to draw attention to the Israel-Palestinian conflict and the poverty of the West Bank. Before being released as a screen print, Happy Choppers first appeared in 2002 as a sprayed mural in Central London at the Whitecross Street Market.

Executed in Banksy’s recognisable stencil style, Happy Choppers depicts a squadron of armed military helicopters against a bright blue sky. With simple white clouds, the sky is stylised and flat. In stark contrast, the incoming ‘choppers’ are rendered in much greater detail, in dark colours and with graphic emphasis on their heavy, threatening weaponry, evoking a sense of imminent danger.  ‘Chopper’ is the American slang for helicopter, a term that was popularised during the Korean War.

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