Banksy, ‘Pulp Fiction’, 2004, Julien's Auctions
Banksy, ‘Pulp Fiction’, 2004, Julien's Auctions

Framed: 34 3/4 x 26 1/2 in.

The Pulp Fiction mural originally appeared on the streets of Shoreditch in London, England, in 2007 and was removed shortly thereafter by Transport for London due to the suggestive graphic nature. Famous for tongue-in-cheek juxtapositions, Banksy does not disappoint with Pulp Fiction’s critique of the glamorization of violence, replacing Quentin Tarantino’s characters’ guns with bananas. The film itself satirized violence, and the irony of its removal was not lost on fans of the infamous duo of John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson. Published by Pictures on Walls, the two colored screenprint with the addition of the yellow is one of Banksy’s most celebrated prints.

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