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BANKSY (after) 'Happy Choppers' Screen Print (172)
BANKSY (after) 'Happy Choppers' Screen Print (172)
BANKSY (after) 'Happy Choppers' Screen Print (172)
BANKSY (after) 'Happy Choppers' Screen Print (172)
BANKSY (after) 'Happy Choppers' Screen Print (172)
BANKSY (after) 'Happy Choppers' Screen Print (172)
BANKSY (after) 'Happy Choppers' Screen Print (172)
BANKSY (after) 'Happy Choppers' Screen Print (172)

BANKSY (after) 'Happy Choppers' Screen Print (172)

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‘Happy Choppers’ by Banksy (after), 2021
From the artist’s exhibition Santa’s Ghetto, intended to draw attention to the Israel-Palestinian conflict and the poverty of the West Bank, 2002.
19.75 x 27.5 Inches
Screen print on 300gsm white watercolor fine art paper.
Limited Edition of 750 (#172/750)
A professionally printed, precise replica made to exacting quality based on the original edition by Pictures on Walls in 2003.
Same dimensions and same edition numbers.
Also each is appropriately stamped “Banksy” in red on the reverse.
*Note: This is a premium REPLICA print using the highest quality materials for fans/collectors who simply can't afford the real thing!

ABOUT THE ART

Banksy’s Happy Choppers screen print was released in 2003 as an edition of 750 pieces – just 150 signed prints and 600 unsigned prints.

Happy Choppers was created on the occasion of the artist’s exhibition Santa’s Ghetto, intended to draw attention to the Israel-Palestinian conflict and the poverty of the West Bank. Before being released as a screen print, Happy Choppers first appeared in 2002 as a sprayed mural in Central London at the Whitecross Street Market.

Executed in Banksy’s recognisable stencil style, Happy Choppers depicts a squadron of armed military helicopters against a bright blue sky. With simple white clouds, the sky is stylised and flat. In stark contrast, the incoming ‘choppers’ are rendered in much greater detail, in dark colours and with graphic emphasis on their heavy, threatening weaponry, evoking a sense of imminent danger. ‘Chopper’ is the American slang for helicopter, a term that was popularised during the Korean War.

The composition showcases an association of typically contradictory elements. The lead ‘chopper’ flaunts a jarring, pink bow, juxtaposing the violence of warfare with the innocence of childhood. The bow adorning the otherwise accurate representation of the fighter helicopter mocks ideas of masculinity and militarism, whilst reinforcing their inherent menace.

Happy Choppers is an early example of Banksy's helicopter motif. He has revisited the symbol for military intervention multiple times throughout his career, making it an iconic part of his artistic identity.

It was re-used in his Crude Oil collection of paintings as Study for Happy Choppers, and was also spotted on boards in the anti-war protests of 2003 in London, alongside other works such as Grin Reaper and Wrong War. Massive Attack and Blur actively supported and promoted these images during the march, which brought Banksy a lot of publicity.