As Britain’s political system remains in Brexit turmoil, a Banksy painting of the House of Commons overrun by chimpanzees is to go on sale in London next month.
Banksy’s 2002 ‘Laugh Now’ is pictured at Bonhams auction house in London on January 22, 2008. Credit: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images
Measuring 13 feet long, “Devolved Parliament” shows the benches of Parliament occupied by primates. It is the largest known canvas by the anonymous street artist whose controversial creations have earned him global renown. It will be on show at Sotheby’s for several days before the sale, just one mile from Westminster, where political chaos continues to reign.
“Laugh now, but one day no-one will be in charge.”
The quote makes reference to the first time Banksy featured chimpanzees in his work. Back in 2002, he produced another large painting of a row of glum-looking chimps in aprons emblazoned with the words: “Laugh now but one day we’ll be in charge.”
Banksy’s Brexit mural depicted a workman chipping away at one of the stars in the European Union flag. Credit: David Joseph Wright
While “Devolved Parliament” was not intended as a commentary on Brexit, the issue has not escaped the artist’s attention since the 2016 referendum.
Last month, a Banksy mural of a workman chiseling away at a star in the European Union flag mysteriously disappeared from the side of a building in Dover.