Mixed Medium: Photography, Photoshop, Digital Collage, and Digital Tagging on Canvas.
16x 16 inches
ARTtrust certificate # A551358134
Lulu Almiron Collection, New York
The red balloon, as the only spot of color, is an archetypal symbol of childhood and freedom many of us connect with. More than a simple child’s toy, it evokes fragility of what it stands for: innocence, dreams, hope and love. Girl with Balloon is one of Banksy’s many works that focus on the theme of childhood.
The artist utilizes the innocence and moral virtue associated with children to turn a mirror on society, foregrounding its faults and injustices.Banksy frequently combines images of childhood, and its closely connected notions of both purity and nostalgia, with somber and despondent themes of war, political division, and mass surveillance. In doing so, the tenderness of the child’s image evokes an increasingly powerful and provocative message.
Viewers of Girl with Balloon cannot help but feel empathy for the young child’s loss. But, at the same time, her out-reached hand embodies a determined and admirable longing for something better. For this reason, the image has become a universal symbol of optimism.