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Banksy (b. 1975)

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Banksy (b. 1975)

Space Girl with Bird

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Banksy (b. 1975) Space Girl with Bird spraypaint and household paint on steel 44 x 22 5/8in. (111.7 x 57.5cm.) Executed circa 2003
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Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.

Lot Essay

Masked like the clandestine identity of the artist himself, the figure in Space Girl with Bird is a variation from Banksy's subversive theme of helmeted characters. The painting, spay-painted onto industrial sheet metal, is a study for one of the guerrilla artist's very rare artistic and commercial commissions, which culminated in the cover art for the English rock band Blur's Think Tank album, released in 2003. Where the album cover depicted an embracing couple, estranged by their diving helmets in a reference to the shrouded lovers in Magritte's Les Amants, the helmet enclosing the head of the life sized child in Space Girl with Bird isolates her from her pet - and by extension, from nature in general. The image is closely related in its message of corrupted innocence to a work the artist stencilled in the streets of London of a similarly pony-tailed girl in a gas mask clutching a red flower, which she is unable to smell. Blur, former art students themselves, sought to align themselves with Banksy because this celebrated graffiti artist, art terrorist and prankster's often humorous images of discontent encapsulate and satirise the pervasive introversion and alienation current in contemporary British culture.

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