34.5 × 49.2cm
Screenprint on paper
Edition of 150
Monkey Queen by Banksy
“Banksy’s Monkey Queen is a controversial early urban art screenprint that was created in 2003 with an edition of 750 works, 150 of which were signed. It was first publicly displayed at the Chill Out Zone, a London club, and made headlines when the government asked that the picture be removed from the front window during the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II (the celebration for the 50th anniversary of her coronation). Monkey Queen superimposes Banksy’s trademark monkey face stencil onto a stencil of one of Queen Elizabeth II’s most famous bust images. The black-and-white stencil appears on a background of a red circle, white ring, and blue backdrop (resembling either a halo or a target) in the colors of the British flag.Banksy’s satirical image suggests that the British government is led by people who are less than fit to make decisions on behalf of their countrymen.”
Monkey Queen by Banksy
Arguably the most controversial street artist in the world, Banksy has developed an entire art subculture devoted to his works. Banksy’s art can impact any location at any given moment. His identity remains unknown, even after over 20 years of being involved with the graffiti scene. He has worked with many different types of street art media and street art types. His work not only includes many powerful, often controversial images, but they may also be found throughout the Internet as viral images.
Banksy’s artwork has appeared throughout London and other locations around the world. Bansky’s artwork is characterized by striking images, often combined with slogans. His work regularly engages political themes, satirically critiquing war, capitalism, hypocrisy, and greed. Common subjects include rats, apes, policemen, members of the royal family, and children. In addition to his two-dimensional work, Banksy is known for his installation artwork. One of the most celebrated of these pieces, which featured a live elephant painted with a Victorian wallpaper pattern, sparked controversy among animal rights activists. He was the subject of a 2010 documentary, “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” which examined the relationship between commercial and street art
His artwork has appeared throughout London and other locations around the world. Bansky’s artwork is characterized by striking images, often combined with slogans. His work regularly engages political themes, satirically critiquing war, capitalism, hypocrisy, and greed.