Banksy, ‘Nola (Grey)’, 2006, Oliver Cole Gallery

Banksy
Nola
2006
56 x 76

Nola was created in response to the Hurricanes that devastated New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to Hurricane Gustav in 2008. Nola is one of the most sought after Banksy prints. Banksy created Nola the city's nickname to sympathize with the people of New Orleans.

Nola first appeared on a New Orleans wall, during Banksy time there in 2008 on St. Claude Avenue at Kerlerec Street in Marigny. When interviewed about the work, Banksy said it represents how things that are there to protect us can also cause us harm. The rain depicted unusually falls from inside the umbrella, therefore failing in its basic function to protect the girl from getting wet. The piece, among others in the area, is fiercely protected, having been covered in plywood in 2014, after an attempt to remove it was made. It is said at the time the work even had it’s own personal guard around the clock.

The print comes in four different colourways, with the rain a different colour in each variation.

Series: Nola

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