Banksy’s painting “Devolved Parliament” – which depicts MPs as chimpanzees in the middle of a Commons session – is going up for auction.
The 13-foot long artwork is the artist’s largest known canvas work.
Alex Branczik, European head of contemporary art at Sotheby’s, said Banksy “confronted the burning issues of the day”, and that “regardless of where you sit in the Brexit debate, there’s no doubt that this work is more pertinent now than it has ever been, capturing unprecedented levels of political chaos and confirming Banksy as the satirical polemicist of our time”. The auction comes just one year after Banksy famously self-destructed an artwork immediately after a winning bid at the world-famous auction house.
Earlier this year, “Devolved Parliament” was installed at The Bristol Museum and Art Gallery to mark the original ‘Brexit Day’, when the UK was meant to leave the EU.
This is not the first time the elusive and overtly political artist has made a statement on Brexit. Back in 2017, Banksy unleashed a mural in Dover of an overall-clad workman chipping out the UK’s star adorned on the EU flag. The same piece was mysteriously painted over this year.