Banksy, ‘Toxic Mary’, 2004, Julien's Auctions
Banksy, ‘Toxic Mary’, 2004, Julien's Auctions

Toxic Mary is perhaps the most famous Banksy screenprint and an original take on the Virgin Mary and Child. His satirization of their familial relationship, with Mary feeding Jesus poison, is not only a social critique on the toxicity of religion but also on the relationship between mother and son. Recently Banksy drew much attention for his “Dismaland” installation, which took the form of a massive post-apocalyptic theme park in western England.

Framed: 28 3/4 x 36 1/8 x 1 3/4.

In excellent condition; framed. The print has become removed from the mat and will need to be reframed.

Signature: Signed and dated lower right.

Accompanied by a Pest Control Certificate of Authentication.

Property from a Private Los Angeles Collection.

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