Banksy, Happy Choppers (Unsigned), 2003
Screen print on paper accompanied with Full Pest Control COA
Limited edition of 600
50 x 70 cm | 19.68 x 27.55 in
Happy Choppers depicts a squadron of armed military helicopters with a cartoon-y pale pink bow adorning the top of the 'Chopper' (An American slang word for helicopter which became popular during the Korean War in 1950-53) in the foreground. The pink bow on the fighter aircraft mocking chauvinism.
The Happy Choppers screen print was created by the artist in 2003 with an edition of 750 prints. There are 600 unsigned prints and 150 signed prints. Additionally, there are 33 signed artist proofs. Banksy created the screen print for a Christmastime group of exhibition that he has several other artists put on in the early 2000s called Santa's Ghetto which aimed to draw attention to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
Happy Chopper first appeared in 2002 as a street art piece in London at Whitecross Street Market. Since then, Banksy has revisited his helicopter motif many times, making Happy Choppers an iconic part of his repertoire. In 2002 and 2003, Banksy reproduced the image in a number of ways, from Limited edition screen prints to an original painting on paper to stencils on board and. even as a stenciled 'chopper' on top of a found landscape painting or two - paintings known as 'Crude Oil' paintings. Happy Choppers is such a sought-after artwork by Banksy that it has been reproduced into endless commercial versions. A unique aerosol stencil on board of Happy Choppers created by Banksy in 2002 sold at Julien's auction in April 2016 for $140,800 and £106,250 in Christies September 2020.
If you would like to sell your Banksy art, the Happy Choppers print is highly coveted and rarified artist proof , and a popular and well-loved screen print. If you would like to buy Banksy's Happy Choppers, you will find the investment and enjoyment well worth the effort. Smolensky Gallery is one of the leaders for Banksy prints in the United Kingdom. If your looking to buy or sell Banksy art, please contact Joe@smolenskygallery.com
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