Grannies (Signed) – Banksy

Title: Grannies (Signed)
Year: 2006
Medium: Screen Print on paper
Size: 56 x 76cm
Edition of 150

Signed and Numbered by the Artist
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Banksy’s Grannies is the most humorous urban art print in the Barely Legal Print Set. The image, set on a Pepto-Bismol pink background, shows two friendly-looking grandmothers knitting in their armchairs. Both are knitting sweaters, but the words woven in are surprisingly subversive for grannies. One of Banksy’s grandmothers knits a sweater with the slogan “PUNKS NOT DEAD” on its chest. The other grandmother knits a sweater with the words “Thug For Life” emblazoned across the front. Both grannies have a look of knowing satisfaction on their faces, as if they are secretly pleased to participate, however subtly, in a culture of pointed subversion.

When Barely Legal opened to the public on September 16, 2006, it was enormously well-attended by art aficionados, curious museum curators, and a list of celebrities from Angelina Jolie to Jude Law. Among the highlights of the exhibition were an Indian elephant painted to match brocade wallpaper, a graffiti-covered van, and numerous paintings and installations. Banksy sold the unsigned prints for $500 apiece. After the show ended, Pictures On Walls ordered Modern Multiples to destroy the plates for the Barely Legal Print Set. Pictures On Walls produced their own limited edition run of the set in late 2006 with 50 signed and 100 unsigned editions of each print. Many sets were broken up at that time and over the years as Banksy’s value rose, and to possess a matched set is a very rare and wonderful acquisition indeed. Barely Legal spurred the first major museum exhibitions of street art, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles’ Art In The Streets, which is the institution’s highest attendance exhibition to date.

In addition to his iconic murals, the elusive urban artist has also released prints in a number of formats. His talent and mysterious identity have made the popularity of his pieces soar and, consequently, they are in incredibly high demand in the art world. Explore the Banksy original art we have for sale here at ArtLife.