Banksy, ‘Drill Rat’, ca. 2003, Julien's Auctions
Banksy, ‘Drill Rat’, ca. 2003, Julien's Auctions
Banksy, ‘Drill Rat’, ca. 2003, Julien's Auctions
Banksy, ‘Drill Rat’, ca. 2003, Julien's Auctions

Framed: 49 1/2 x 37 1/2 in.; Sight: 41 1/4 x 29 1/4 in.

Executed on a "Diverted Traffic" street sign in London circa 2003

The original location of this work, on an unidentified concrete wall in London believed to be near the Lazarides studio, is the same location where Banksy executed a group of stenciled rats clinging to a street sign which read, "Warning: Anti-Climb Paint," a work that was published in Banksy's mini-book Cut It Out (Banksy, 2004) and subsequently in the monograph Wall and Piece in 2005. Accompanied by a copy of Banksy: Wall and Piece.
Courtesy of Julien’s Auctions

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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