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Banksy Have a Nice Day Unsigned

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    Banksy Have a Nice Day Unsigned

    Have A Nice Day depicts 27 military or riot police in a single, intimidating, line. In the centre of the group is a grey and black tank, underneath which the words ‘Have a nice day’ are written.

    The men are kitted out in all black riot gear, marching in unison against an unseen ‘threat’ or in fact towards the viewer of the piece. The faces of the police, which in reality would be covered with protective visors, are covered with bright yellow ‘acid-house’ style smiley faces; a motif we see fairly regularly in Banksy prints, particularly when it comes to portraying figures that use fear as a means of control – for example, Banksy’s Grin Reaper and Flying Copper, which both use the smiley face to challenge the viewer and flip the norm.

    Whether or not Banksy intended Have A Nice Day to intimidate or amuse, the artwork certainly speaks both to the idea that the police force are not all they seem (perhaps hiding behind their smiles) and to the concept of them being simply there to be ridiculed.

    In excellent condition, comes with full pest control, framed in art glass

    Further details and images available upon request
  • More Information
    Documentation: Documented elsewhere (similar item)
    Period: 2000-2021
    Styles / Movements: Other
    Incollect Reference #: 501086
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