HMV by Banksy

HMV Banksy

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In HMV, also known as His Master’s Voice or Rocket Dog, Banksy appropriates the iconic logo of the British popular music and entertainment firm of the same name that was created in the 1920s. The company logo derives from a painting by the Liverpudlian artist Francis Barraud that depicts a dog, called Nipper, listening intently to a cylinder phonograph.

Much like the original logo, Banksy’s print depicts a seated dog in profile, facing a late 19th century gramophone. Here, however, with his usual irony Banksy reinvents the image, portraying the anthropomorphic dog casually aiming a shoulder-mounted bazooka rocket directly into the horn of the gramophone.

The monochromatic composition is formally rendered in Banksy’s signature stencil style, but with the exclusive, inverse use of a black background with contrasting white detail in the foreground.

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