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JESUS CHRIST WITH SHOPPING BAGS – BANKSY

BANKSY

Medium: Screenprint

Format: Signed Print

Year: 2004

Size: H 70cm X W 50cm

Edition Size:82

Signed: Yes

Christ with Shopping Bags, also known as CWSBportrays the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, yet Banksy has removed the structure of the cross from the iconic scene. Jesus Christ is holding shopping bags, carefully wrapped with fluorescent pink ribbons, and seeping with black blood. The viewer can glimpse Christmas presents such as candy cane and Mickey Mouse. The image is undoubtedly meant as a satire on modern commercialism, pointing a finger at the hypocrisy of modern celebration.

The intrusion of consumerism and modern commercialism in the hands of Jesus Christ evokes a sense of unease. Furthermore, Jesus Christ appears in pain, weighed down by the shopping bags, symbolizing the damage consumerism has on the original values of Christianity such as charity, compassion, forgiveness and gratitude. Banksy uses effective motifs such as the melting gifts to suggest the ephemerality of modern Christmas, whilst the crucifixion represents how society has sacrificed happiness for material things, which offer only transitory joy.
 
The grey background and muted colors evoke a sense of foreboding and gloom at the same time reinforcing Banksy’s comment on the superficiality of modern Christmas in this clever composition. Unusually for Banksy, this striking visual was never shown on the street, and its relatively low edition size places it in high demand.
It is not the only time that Banksy uses the image of Jesus Christ to make a point… Another very provocative artwork was shown at the Walled Off Hotel together with drones to illustrate the artist’s anti-war position…
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Description

Banksy is an anonymous England-based street artist, political activist, and film director, known for his distinctive stencil technique and subversive, satirical street art. Banksy’s works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges throughout the world.

His identity remains a mystery, adding to the intrigue surrounding his work. Banksy’s art often includes recurring themes such as anti-war, anti-capitalist, or anti-establishment sentiments, and he often uses rats, monkeys, policemen, soldiers, children, and the elderly as subjects in his works.

Banksy’s approach to art is marked by a blend of dark humor and graffiti executed in a distinctive stenciling technique. He gained prominence for his series of satirical pieces across the UK, and his work has since gained global recognition. Despite his fame, Banksy has maintained an anonymity that aligns with his guerrilla art style, often creating art unannounced in public spaces.

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