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Lot 3707* - A203 Prints & Multiples - Thursday, 01. December 2022, 10.00 AM


(Bristol 1974–lives and works in England)
Flower Thrower Triptych (Grey). 2019.
Colour screenprint on recycled cardboard. 224/300. Signed on the left sheet in pencil lower left: BANKSY. Also numbered on the reverse of the centre and left piece. Sheet size Flowers: 74.8 × 55 cm, Thrower: 91.9 × 61.2 cm, Hand: 47 × 37.2 cm. Published by Gross Domestic Product (with the attached label).

With the confirmation of authenticity by Office of Pest Control, 19 July 2022. The work is registered under the archive number: 49806/300/224.

- Gross Domestic Product.
- Purchased from the above by the present owner in 2019, since then private collection Austria.

Website: https://shop.grossdomesticproduct.com/collections/frontpage/products/banksy-thrower.

In 2003, a mural was painted in Beit Sahour on the West Bank that has since become an icon. On the wall of a house, the British graffiti artist Banksy painted a masked young man depicted in the act of throwing. Instead of a Molotov cocktail or a stone, as his stance suggests, and as we know for example from countless photos of violent confrontations, the man is holding a bouquet of flowers. Is the man a demonstrator or a rioter? The absurd situation of the obviously angry, violent man with a bouquet of flowers in his hand leaves the viewer puzzled or even smiling.

The flowers are, of course, to be understood as hope for peaceful solutions to conflicts, and by placing this statement in an area of recurring and embattled crisis, Banksy reinforces the meaning. His political and pacifist stance is well known and a recurring theme in his work. The motif can be found under various titles that pick up on the different possible interpretations: Flower Thrower, Flower Bomber, Rage, or Love is in the Air.

Copied countless times, the artist himself has also created various works based on this mural. The present triptych “Flower Thrower Triptych (Grey)” from 2019 is probably his most recent version. In it, he divides the man into three individual parts: the bouquet, the thrower, and the hand; each work is framed separately. The classic representation in the form of a triptych lends the work the character of an old-master panel painting.

In this work, Banksy experimented with a new technique: he sprayed the stencil onto camera film and exposed the result directly onto a screen print. In this way, he avoided using photographs or computer manipulation and created a precise analogue depiction of the gestural signs.

CHF 180 000 / 240 000 | (€ 185 570 / 247 420)

Sold for CHF 187 195 (including buyer’s premium)
All information is subject to change.