Toxic Mary (Signed) – Banksy

Title: Toxic Mary (Signed)
Year: 2004
Medium: Screenprint on paper
Size: 50 × 70 cm (19 7/10 × 27 3/5 in)
Edition of 150

Signed and Numbered by the Artist
Pest Control Certificate Included

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Banksy’s Toxic Mary is an early street artwork by Banksy that first appeared as a painting in the clandestinely-erected exhibition Turf War, which took place in the East London area of Dalston in 2003. Banksy created a limited edition screen print of Toxic Mary in 2003 in a limited edition of 750 prints, with 150 signed and 600 unsigned. Toxic Mary is an original spin on one of the most important symbols in the history of orthodox iconographic art: Madonna and the Christ child. Banksy’s half-figure Madonna resembles the style associated with Italian Rennaissance art, and is an image that easily embeds itself into popular iconography.

In Toxic Mary, Banksy satirizes the relationship between mother and child, but also between religious authority and layperson. To a layperson, religion may offer security, but it does not always equal safety. The figure of Madonna is seen feeding poisonous formula to the infant Christ. Many across the world feel that religion has disproportionately sparked more wars, caused more death, and fostered a sense of cultural intolerance than it has done good. This print, is one of only two print images Banksy has made which explore or directly comment on religious themes; the other being Christ With Shopping Bags.

In addition to his iconic murals, the elusive urban artist has also released prints in a number of formats. His talent and mysterious identity has 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.