Peace Sign Soldiers by Banksy. Street art. Printed on top quality canvas and stretched on 0.75 pine wood bars. Ships ready to hang.
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Banksy‰۪s stenciled anti-war piece, Soldiers Painting Peace, became prominent after it was displayed in a collection at the Tate Britain gallery in London in 2007. The collection was a recreation of an artistic display outside of the Houses of Parliament, which was confiscated for supposedly violating a law against unauthorized protest within a certain distance of the building. In this painting two soldiers dressed in battle gear warily look around as they conspire to paint a peace sign on a wall. One is crouching down and holding a machine gun, while the other is holding a brush that has been dipped into a can of red paint and is working on completing the sign.
This satirical work by Banksy repudiates the repression of free speech that often takes place when a nation is at war, in an effort to maintain the appearance of consensus. In this work men who are armed with deadly weapons fear for their lives, which highlights that repression in a society may occur not only a physical but also an intellectual level. This is especially ironic when the justification for the war is to spread liberty and democracy.
Despite not calling himself an artist, Banksy has been considered by some as talented in that respect; he uses his original street art form, combined with Banksy stencil style. Due to the shroud of secrecy surrounding his real identity and his subversive character, Banksy has achieved somewhat of a cult following with his street art from some of the younger age group within the stenciling community. Tagging walls and billboards in the dark of night, sneaking around with a secret identity in urban areas. Leaving his political mark on the world for all to enjoy for free.
The infamous UK guerrilla artist, Banksy, is hitting the streets hard in London, Bristol, Australia, the USA, and just about everywhere in between. It‰۪s not only the curiosity of his identity that makes the artist famous, it‰۪s his impeccable political pieces and artwork that stir up discussions on the underlying themes. By calling attention to the issues depicted in his pieces, Banksy‰۪s controversial work requires people to think deeply about the issues he‰۪s attempting to bring to light.