Banksy HMV Signed Print

HMV Banksy

Banksy’s artwork HMV, also known as His Master’s Voice or Rocket Dog, is a print which appropriates the iconic logo of the music and entertainment company of the same name that was created in the 1920s. The logo itself was actually inspired by Francis Barraud’s painting of a dog Nipper listening to a cylinder phonograph. Banksy’s work depicts a seated dog facing a late 19th century gramophone, the very first device for recording and replaying sound invented by Thomas Edison. The hound holding with a single paw a shoulder-mounted bazooka rocket aims casually straight down the heart of the gramophone. The composition is made in Banksy’s famous simple black and white signature but the exclusive use of black colour and white details adds to its impact and irony.

This very image was first sprayed on the streets of Banksy’s hometown Bristol. Then in 2003 the artist painted the HMV dog in the courtyard of the Cargo nightclub in London, with a colourful background made of orange and yellow undetermined forms. Located on Rivington Street, in the heart of Shoreditch which many consider the Mecca of street art in the capital, the club can also be visited by day.

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