Graffik Gallery

Banksy - Gangsta Rat - Unsigned


Screenprint in colours
50 x 35 cm
Unsigned edition of 350

Condition: Slight shadowing reflected in the price 
COA in Application


Gangsta Rat is just one of a series of Banksy prints depicting his most iconic character. In the “Rat” series, we see the rat as an analogy of injustice and those facing it. We see the rat take on many personas and assuming different characters such as a doorman (as spotted in Pimlico, near the Tate Britain), to highlight the many identities commonly associated with the working class. “The human race…” to which Banksy claims to be ” an unfair and stupid competition” links in very closely with the ‘Rat Race’ (as they call it) as simply a race for power, status and materiality; which many are deceived to thinking they have.

An original was sprayed on the side of Moorfields eye hospital in London. The work was later sold at auction with the proceeds donated to the research of eye treatment.Banksy said of rats: “They exist without permission. They are hated, hunted and persecuted. They live in quiet desperation amongst the filth. And yet they are capable of bringing entire civilisations to their knees. If you are dirty, insignificant and unloved then rats are the ultimate role model.”

Fact file: Gangsta Rat 
Edition Size: 500
Signed: 150
Unsigned: 300
AP: Yes 
Year: 2004 
Medium: Silk Screen Print on wove paper in colours - Pictures on Walls, London
Signed and numbered Colourways: Red, Pink, Grey, Green, Mint green, Blue, Orange. 


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