Banksy Love Hurts Signed Print

Love Hurts Banksy

Banksy’s Love Hurts, also known as Barbed Wire Heart Balloon, belongs to a prestigious collection of just 16 signed screen prints. This edition was released in 2002, during Banksy’s New York residency Better Out Than In, exclusively for VIP friends and was never made available to the public. Chris Martin, lead singer of Coldplay, is rumoured to own an original Love Hurts canvas. 

The visual motif of the Love Hurts balloon has been reworked in several different formats. In 2007, the image was installed as a painting in the artist’s Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem, Palestine, a hotel with a permanent exhibition of Banksy’s works that overlooks the wall separating it from Israel. A similar balloon was also painted on the streets of Brooklyn during his New York residency, before it was defaced by rival graffiti artist Omar.  With so few signed prints, Love Hurts is one of the rarest Banksy editions ever produced, making it a highly coveted piece among collectors.

Love Hurts is colourful, sophisticated and deceptively simple in its composition, depicting a red heart-shaped Mylar balloon against a light blue monochromatic background. Appearing to have escaped its owner, the wounded balloon, indicated by the pair of plasters on the top right, is now trapped within a barbed wire fence. 

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