HMV (Unsigned) – Banksy

Title: HMV (Unsigned)
Year: 2003
Medium: Screen print on paper
Size: 35 × 50 cm (13 4/5 × 19 3/10 in)
Edition of 600

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Banksy’s, His Master’s Voice or HMV as it is also known, is a print that appropriates the brand icon of a music and entertainment company of the same name. HMV was founded in Britain in the 1920s as a result of the creation and popularity of the wind-up gramophone.  Banksy joking places a bazooka on the dog’s shoulder, holding it point-blank at the (now) archaic player. The print first appeared as a painting in the early 2000s in different sizes and background colors and was later released in print format.

There is room for a number of interpretations with this Banksy print. One could be that Banksy is taking a jab at old and outdated ways of thinking and accumulating experience. Another interpretation could be about the tension and differences between today’s aging populace and the young. Banksy has provided album artwork for several bands over the years and so he may be commenting on the losing battle of music retailers in the digital era.

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.