Banksy - Rude Copper stamped (2002)
|size||60 x 40 cm|
|size incl. frame||72 x 57 cm|
|framed, tagged with red stamp, numbered, COA|
The first interesting element to be noticed when
understanding Rude Copper is the almost paradoxical idea of
an authority figure making an anti-authority statement while
in their role of being the very establishment or power
structure towards which rebellion is expected. A youth from
the punk sub-culture making the devilmay-care and rude
gesture could be just as loud and forceful an image, Banksy
could even paint it, but to see the anarchist sentiment
exhibited by a police officer becomes an artistically novel
idea. This juxtaposition, which is typical of Banksy, is
further enhanced by the baby face quality of the Copper.
Rude Copper – 2002 – Print – was Banksy’s first official release.
One of a print run of 250, Rude Copper made a record £32,500, against an expected £8,000 to £12,000.