Title: Monkey Queen
Medium: Screen print on paper
Size: 49.2 x 34.5 cm
Edition of 150
Signed, Numbered and Dated by the Artist
With Pest Control Certificate
Banksy’s Monkey Queen is a controversial early urban art screen print that was created in 2003 with an edition of 750 works, 150 of which were signed. It was first publicly displayed at the Chill Out Zone, a London club, and made headlines when the government asked that the picture be removed from the front window during the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II (the celebration for the 50th anniversary of her coronation).
Monkey Queen superimposes Banksy’s trademark monkey face stencil onto a stencil of one of Queen Elizabeth II’s most famous bust images. The black-and-white stencil appears on a background of a red circle, white ring, and blue backdrop (resembling either a halo or a target) in the colors of the British flag.
Banksy’s satirical image suggests that the British government is led by people who are less than fit to make decisions on behalf of their countrymen.