Banksy, ‘Monkey Parliament’, 2009, Lougher Contemporary

This offset print was produced for the Banksy v Bristol Museum exhibition in the summer of 2009, based on the original painting that was included in the exhibition. The work was Banksy's commentary on the state of UK politics, depicts chimpanzees in place of members of parliament at the House of Commons in London in the middle of what appears to be a heated session - Banksy created this work the same year as the United Kingdom parliamentary expenses scandal.

This is a rare mint version of the original offset poster. It is sold unframed. Please contact the gallery with any questions.

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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