Banksy, ‘Choose Your Weapon (Turquoise)’, 2010, Julien's Auctions
Banksy, ‘Choose Your Weapon (Turquoise)’, 2010, Julien's Auctions
Banksy, ‘Choose Your Weapon (Turquoise)’, 2010, Julien's Auctions

Famous for tongue-in-cheek juxtapositions, Banksy, in Choose Your Weapon, features the artist’s signature graffiti character walking Keith Haring’s iconic “Barking Dog.” A critique on the derivative nature of art, Banksy’s print explores how all images are recycled and repurposed by generations of artists and as such, his graffiti artist is proverbially chained or walked by his chosen weapon: Haring’s dog. The image first appeared in London’s Southwark district on The Grange and has become one of the more iconic Banksy prints.

Signature: Signed in blue pencil lower right "Banksy"

About Banksy

Whether plastering cities with his trademark parachuting rat, painting imagined openings in the West Bank barrier in Israel, or stenciling “We’re bored of fish” above a penguins’ zoo enclosure, Banksy creates street art with an irreverent wit and an international reputation that precedes his anonymous identity. “TV has made going to the theatre seem pointless, photography has pretty much killed painting,” he says, “but graffiti has remained gloriously unspoilt by progress.” Banksy has gained his notoriety through a range of urban interventions, from modifying street signs and printing his own currency to illegally hanging his own works in institutions such as the Louvre and the Museum of Modern Art. Most often using spray paint and stencils, Banksy has crafted a signature, immediately identifiable graphic style—and a recurring cast of cops, soldiers, children, and celebrities—through which he critically examines contemporary issues of consumerism, political authority, terrorism, and the status of art and its display.

British, Bristol, United Kingdom

Exhibition Highlights

Venice Biennale, 
Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy,