Welcome to Hell (Unsigned) – Banksy

Title: Welcome to Hell (Unigned)
Year: 2004
Medium: Screen print on paper
Size: 50 x 35 cm
Edition of 175

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Rats are iconic in Banksy street art prints because they are emblematic of street art itself. Rats are also a symbol for the millions of people in the world who face injustice and unfairness in the so-called “rat race.” Banksy wrote this about rats in his 2005 book Wall and Piece: “If you are dirty, insignificant and unloved then rats are the ultimate role model.” Banksy rats reference the so-called father of stencil graffiti,” Blek Le Rat. This French stencil artist, who made his name in the 1980s, was similarly fond of rats as subjects because of their massive, if negatively perceived, impact on populations.

Banksy’s Placard Rat series shows an indignant-looking rat holding up a picketing placard. Each of the street art prints has a message written on the placard: “Because I’m Worthless,” “Welcome To Hell,” and “Get Out While You Still Can.” Although the rat wears a necklace bearing a peace sign, he seems to be mentally engaged in a war against his condition.

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.