Banksy, ‘Queen Vic’, 2003, Addicted Art Gallery

Good To Know: Unframed, professionally packed and stored in humidity controlled art storage facility, CoA (Certificate of Authenticity) from Pest Control, condition report available upon request.

Signature: Hand signed and numbered.

Image rights: Banksy

Arty-Fact: England’s Queen Victoria (reign 1837 - 1901) asserted women were ‘not able to be gay’ as she didn’t believe it existed (her counsel was unwilling to enlighten her). History suggests, Queen Victoria was in fact attracted to women - having vetoed a bill to make lesbianism illegal. And this is precisely what Banksy takes aim at in this piece.

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