Trolley Hunters (Colour) (Signed) – Banksy

Title: Trolley Hunters (Colour) (Signed)
Year: 2007
Size: 56 x 76cm
Medium: Screen Print on paper
Edition of 750
Signed and Numbered in pencil
Pest Control Certificate Included

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Trolley Hunters is a darkly humorous print and Banksy’s most popular image from the Barely Legal Set. It was reprinted in higher edition and a blue-and-yellow colorway in 2007. Trolley Hunters shows cavemen crouching in a field, staking out their target, which consists of a “herd” of trolleys (the British word for shopping carts). In Trolley Hunters, Banksy infers one of two things — either that humans have innately been drawn to the addiction of consumerism since they began walking upright, or that the stupidity of the human race is such that they hunt down receptacles for their possessions and spend their energy acquiring (both interpretations at once are entirely possible). In the original Modern Multiples and Pictures On Walls editions, the caveman on the right holds a hammer-like tool made from wood with a pointed piece of stone tied around it. In the later Pictures On Walls editions, he holds a drumstick-shaped club instead.

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.