Banksy, ‘Stop & Search’, 2007, David Benrimon Fine Art

In his signature style, Bansky punctuates Stop & Search with critique of contemporary policing practices and governmental control. Stop & Search is a 2007 print that depicts Judy Garland's infamous character Dorothy and her dog Toto from the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz. In this print, the police officer uniformed in riot gear stops and inspects Dorothy's innocent and unsuspecting woven basket for contraband. It engages with paranoia surrounding governmental attempts to control citizens.

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