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Banksy’s Grannies print is an ode to punk culture and its anti-authoritarian rebelliousness. This print was released in 2006 as part of a selection of six different original prints which form the ‘Barely Legal’ print set.


Medium: Screen Print
Format: Unsigned Print
Year: 2006
Size: H 80cm x W 122cm
Framing details: Framed with glass
Edition size: 500
Signed: No
Condition: Excellent
Provenance: Pest Control COA


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More About Banksy’s ‘Grannies’

The moment you look at Banksy’s Grannies piece you will notice one stark difference between this and some of his other characterised works – in this piece, the central figures have a very clear setting and environment; something which Banksy often fails to provide in favour of more abstract images. 

What this immediately does, in addition to the pink background, is soften the image and create an illusion of calm before the viewer looks more closely at the jumpers that the two characters are knitting on their laps.

The Story Behind Banksy’s ‘Grannies’

This piece is a work of juxtapositions and broken boundaries, with the two grannies enjoying typical activities associated with the elderly despite a very clear-cut and modern message underlying what they are creating. By knitting the phrases ‘Punks Not Dead’ and ‘Thug for Life’ on jumpers, the two characters embody the idea that cultural norms can be broken, and that rebellion is not just for the young but rather something any age group can showcase. 

In comparison to so many of Banksy’s other works of rebellion, Banksy buyers will note the humour which underpins the messaging the visuals of this piece – with the overtly innocent task of knitting given such a sharp contrasting message that it’s easy to question whether the ‘Grannies’ know what they are knitting. Another reading implies that the Grannies are in fact the rebels and are passing their values and beliefs onto future generations by knitting stark messages onto jumpers – while a further interpretation suggests that perhaps the choice of innocent Grannies hints at rebellion being toned down by modern society. 

Nonetheless, this unsigned original print is one which creates a playful reference to Banksy’s moves against society and the norms placed upon age groups and individuals. 

The History of this Piece

Originally released in 2006 as part of a selection of six different original prints which form the ‘Barely Legal’ print set, Grannies saw just 100 unsigned prints enter the art circuit, making this another popular piece among Banksy buyers and a high-value investment for those looking to sell their Grannies print. 

Later release saw more unsigned images released as well as a few signed prints and 11 hand-finished editions which are among the most coveted Banksy works on the market. 

Popular with those seeking a more toned down interpretation of Banksy’s distaste for society, and his art that reflects rebellion and its rise, this print is more colourful than many of Banksy’s works and utilises his popular stencilling style perfectly.

Sell your Banksy ‘Grannies’

When it comes to selling your Banksy Grannies print, to get the best possible price you will need to ensure that you get a formal valuation which confirms the authenticity of your piece. Our team offer a reputable and trustworthy valuation service, tapping into our experience with all things Banksy to find the details which make your piece a special piece of Banksy’s artistic history. 

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