Banksy, ‘NOLA (Pink and Yellow Rain)’, 2008, Christie's

Signed in pencil, inscribed with a peace symbol and a heart, dedicated to JM, a very rare, unpublished colour variant (the published editions were White Rain and Grey Rain in editions of 289 and 63 respectively; there were also artist's proof editions in Orange Rain and Yellow Rain in editions of 32 and 31 respectively), published by Pictures on Walls, London, the full sheet, in excellent condition.
Image 640 x 440 mm., Sheet 755 x 550 mm.

This lot is offered with the Certificate of Authenticity from Pest Control.
From the Catalogue:
The title 'NOLA' is an abbreviation for New Orleans, Louisiana (LA), the city where Banksy's first version of this subject appeared as a stencilled graffiti work in 2008. The image of a girl being drenched by rain that is falling from inside of her umbrella is in reference to the devastating events of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which had been amplified by failure of the flood defences that had been designed to protect the citizens from such a disaster.

The editions in White Rain and Grey Rain were made available for general release but the present example of Pink and Yellow Rain and a other colour variations were produced as artist's proofs and were not not issued publicaly.
—Courtesy of Christie's

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A gift from the artist to the present owner.

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