Balloon Girl - Life is Beautiful, 2024

Mixed Media

Mixed media and stencil on paper

22.00 x 22.00 in

55.9 x 55.9 cm

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This work is signed by the artist on verso and recto, and includes a Certificate of Authenticity.

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About The Work

Compositions such as Balloon Girl, which are strongly reminiscent of the famous graffiti artist Banksy and use well-known Pop Art motifs, stand for the unmistakable style of Mr. Brainwash.

The Balloon Girl by Mr. Brainwash (Thierry Guetta) goes back to a work of his mentor with whom he also made his documentary “Exit Through the Giftshop”. Girl with Balloon (also known as Balloon Girl or Girl and Balloon) is a London series of stencil paintings by graffiti artist Banksy, begun in 2002. It shows a young girl with outstretched hand pointing to a red heart-shaped balloon carried away by the wind. The first work was on Waterloo Bridge, and there were other murals around London, none of which have survived. Banksy has used variations of this design on several occasions to support social campaigns: in 2005 on the barrier in the West Bank, in 2014 on the Syrian refugee crisis, and also on the elections in Britain in 2017. In a Samsung survey in 2017, Girl with Balloon was rated the most popular artwork in the United Kingdom.

In 2018, a framed copy of the work was spontaneously shredded during an auction using a mechanical device hidden in the frame. The artist certified that he was responsible for the shredding and gave the altered work a new name: Love is in the Bin. Sotheby said it was “the first work in history ever created during a live auction.

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