spray paint on canvas
50 x 50 cm (19 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.)
verso signed, dated and numbered 1/25 tagged on right overlap edition of 25
Banksy's work is characterised by black humour and satire on the one hand, but also by political and sociological aspects on the other, which deal with current and explosive social issues. In his graffiti, paintings and screen prints, he criticises war, capitalism, hypocrisy and greed. With an unerring instinct, he puts his finger on the wound and captures the complexity of his themes with just a few elements of his stencilled works, always provided with a revealing subtext. The work "Kids on Guns" was created in 2003 and it is in a way to be understood as a variation of his iconic figure of the "Balloon Girl". Using black acrylic and spray paint, Banksy resurrects the silhouette of two children, a girl and a boy, standing on a hill that seems to consist only of weapons of war. The two children turn to each other and seem to offer solace. The boy is carrying a teddy bear in his arms and the girl is holding a red balloon in the shape of a heart. The shocking juxtaposition of war equipment and innocent children can hardly leave the viewer cold, as it thematises violence and oppression to which children are also exposed in many senseless wars. But Banksy's depiction is also a sign of hope, as these children stand for innocent, unconditional love and for the future. Humanity can overcome violence and war if it embraces the positive values that the two children embody.