Banksy Napalm Signed Print

Napalm Banksy

The screenprint Napalm, also known as Can’t Beat That Feeling, is another powerful image from anonymous street artist Banksy. The artwork is based on famous and recognisable Vietnam War photograph entitled “The Terror of War” taken on June 8th, 1972 by photograph Nick Ut. In 1973, the photograph won both the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography and the World Press Photo of the Year. Banksy revisited Nick Ut’s photograph and added a surprising twist. 600 unsigned and 150 signed Napalm prints were released in 2004 in three different colourways (grey, orange and white). Unlike most of Banksy’s work, Napalm never appeared in the street.

Napalm is one of Banksy’s most poignant work as it is based on the famous and heartbreaking Vietnam war photograph showing Vietnamese children in flight from a napalm blast that has just hit their home in Trang Bang village. The focal point shows a nine-year-old girl Phan Thi Kim Phuc running away naked in fear on a road among other children and soldiers of the Vietnam Army 25th Division. The young girl was severely burnt on her back and was not expected to survive by doctors. She is still alive today and now lives in Canada. She has been the focus of a book entitled The Girl in the Picture by author Denise Chong and published in 1996. In Banksy’s reimagining, Phan Thi Kim Phuc is placed in the centre of the artwork. On either side of her are the characters of Mickey Mouse and Ronald McDonald holding her hands. Largely monochromatic, the two popular characters and the background are the only colourful elements in the whole composition.

Read more