Entitled Peckham Rock, the painting depicted a primitive man pushing a supermarket trolley. The work was placed by the anonymous “art terrorist” in one of The British Museum’s galleries in 2005, three days before its staff were alerted to the piece stuck to a wall in a room of artifacts from Roman Britain. The museum subsequently partnered up with Banksy's authentication arm Pest Control and started selling these wooden postcards out of the museum giftshop.
Dimensions: 11.5 x 9.5 inches with frame / 4.75 x 7 inches without
Medium: Wooden postcard featuring the Banksy Peckham Rock. Frame is included.
Provenance: Comes with a copy of the museum receipt and gallery Certificate of Authenticity. This wooden postcard of Banksy’s ‘Peckham Rock’ wall art has been authorized by Pest Control/Banksy for the British Museum as part of the object exhibition. There is also a barcode sticker on the back showing additional proof of purchase.
Edition: Open Edition (Sold Out)
Notes: No adhesive or any type of glue is used to secure the wooden postcard to the frame backing. You may easily take it out by removing the back of the frame if you desire. In addition, the Peckham Rocks we currently have in stock feature a barcode sticker on the back of the postcard. This is not shown in the photos.
Banksy (British, born c. 1974/1975) is one of the most well-known, if anonymous, street artists working today. Banksy, the pseudonym adopted by the artist, guards his privacy and the details of his life remain largely unknown to the public. He initially garnered fame for his grafitti, which combines spray paint and stenciling techniques with commercial, political, and contemporary imagery, infused with ironic social commentary and humor. His work first began appearing on walls in and around Bristol and London’s Shoreditch district during the mid-1990s, and he has since gone on to place images on the sides of corporate buildings, billboards, and the Israeli West Bank wall.
The unveiling of a new Banksy works often incorporates pranks or performance. For example, he secretly added his own pieces in museums like the Tate Modern in London or the Paris Louvre, smuggling them in under a coat and discreetly affixing them to a wall. He has also opened gallery shows to the public with specially-bred rats running around the space, and once inserted an inflatable doll dressed as a Guantanamo Bay prisoner into the Disneyland theme park in California.
In 2015, Banksy created a large-scale installation titled Dismaland Bemusement Park, and immersive and fully functional amusement park that featured political commentary on the distribution of wealth, sexism, and the UK government. The park operated from August to September of 2015, was funded by Banksy himself. In addition to his regular graffiti practice, Banksy creates works for several charities, and consistently opens exhibitions to wide audiences and critical acclaim. He lives and works in England.