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No Ball Games


An often underrated original print, which encompasses much of what Banksy believes is wrong with society, this piece of work is all about the rules which govern modern life – and what we can do to break and make fun of them.

Printed on a clean green background, in a move which is unusual for the artist who so often keeps his figures and artistic characters on plain backgrounds and in monochrome colours, No Ball Games tells a simple story of two young individuals who appear to be playing throw and catch with the very sign which indicates ‘no ball games’.

The irony of No Ball Games critiques the rules that Banksy believes restrict society on a daily basis.


Medium: Screen Print
Format: Unsigned Print
Year: 2009
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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The Story behind Banksy’s No Ball Games

The background of this particular unsigned print may be green, but the real call to attention of this piece of art is the bright red sign – which is designed to catch the eye and immediately add a sense of danger or “wrongness” to the very activity that is taking place in the image.

By painting the young figures in the standard Banksy black and white colour palette, the artist could well be hinting at the idea that life itself is bland, black and white, and governed by the rules – and that it is only by breaking these rules that life becomes infused with a little fun and colour.

This piece of art is a great example of Banksy’s belief and ideology of children and young people as innocents – ruled by the restrictions laid out by adults, and by the sense of right and wrong which, in Banksy’s eyes, is often unjust and cruel. Banksy is a big believer in freedom of speech and action, as evidenced in so many of his works, and so it is through pieces like these that he really puts a spotlight on the “nanny state” leadership of many countries and nations, who allow their governments and leaders to control anything and everything.

The History of this Piece

Released in 2009, No Ball Games boasts a series of backgrounds, with Banksy buyers seeking both the grey and green versions on the modern market. And that’s not the only variety that exists in light of the release of No Ball Games.

Since the initial release of the original prints in 2009, No Ball Games has received subsequent release as a spray-painted mural in public places – and it appears that the very first iteration of the work was actually a canvas released in 2006 which showed the figures throwing a TV rather than a sign.

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