Banksy, ‘Turf War’, 2003, Julien's Auctions


A two-color aerosol stencil depicting Winston Churchill with a green mohawk, known as "Turf War" was created by Banksy as a placard for the Mayday protest rally held in London in 2003. The same stencil was also executed by Banksy on a concrete wall in London and can be seen published in his books Existencilism (Weapons of Mass Distraction, 2002) and Wall and Piece (Century, 2005)
Courtesy of Julien’s Auctions

Existencilism (Weapons of Mass Distraction, 2002)
Wall and Piece (Century, 2005)

Acquired by current owner during a London Mayday protest rally in 2003

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