Banksy’s ‘Bomb Love’ – Explained

Banksy‘s Bomb Love (Bomb Hugger or Bomb Girl) is an iconic Banksy stencil of a young girl whole heartily hugging a bomb like her favourite cuddly toy.

Bomb Love highlights the juxtaposition between two opposed subjects – the innocence and purity of the smiling young girl, with the large bomb symbolising war, violence and destruction.

This work criticises modern society’s affection for warfare and favours the power of love that can prevail over war and violence shown in the face of the smiling girl as she shows no fear.

“I like to think I have the guts to stand up anonymously in a western democracy and call for things no one else believes in – like peace and justice and freedom.”

BANKSY (Wall and Piece Book pg 24-25)

Banksy created a few originals based on this iconic stencil at the Existencilism exhibition in Los Angeles in 2002. The black and white stencil first appeared in east London in 2001, in Bristol, and then in Brighton in 2003 and has since become an iconic Banksy motif which collectors highly seek after. 

In 2003 Banksy created a set of placards on the theme of Bomb Love for a protest against the Iraq War. Most of the placards were discarded after the event, but one was sold in 2017 for £10,000 by Rowleys in Suffolk.

Coinciding with the protests across the UK against the invasion of Iraq, Banksy also brought out a ‘Bomb Love’ screen print with a bubble gum pink background. The prints were released through Pictures on Walls, Banksy’s UK-based printing house at the time, which released 750 prints in total, where 150 were signed and 600 unsigned. 

Bomb Love, Bomb Hugger 2003

Medium: Screenprint in colours on wove paper
Size: 70×50 cm (27 1/2 x 19 3/4 inches)
Signed Edition: 150 Unsigned Edition: 600 Artist’s Proofs: 44 signed AP

Publisher: Pictures on Walls

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