The Meaning Behind Banksy’s ‘Monkey Queen’ – Explained

In Banky’s “Monkey Queen,” a monkey is depicted wearing regal ornaments and standing before a backdrop circle of red, white, and blue—a clear reference to the colours of the Union Jack. The circle colours are an adopted insignia of the British 60s MOD about town. This piece was painted in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, which marked her 60th year on the throne.

“Celebrate the fact the highest position in British society is not a reward for talent or hard work, but simply handed out with the accident of birth. God Save The Queen.”

Banksy’s unique artistic voice shines through in the provocative painting “Monkey Queen”. This satirical artwork openly criticises British leadership and power by portraying Queen Elizabeth II as a primitive monkey. Throughout his career, Banksy has consistently used animals such as monkeys to deliver powerful messages and social commentary that challenge the viewer’s perception of their world.

By using monkeys and other animals as symbolic figures in his work, Banksy challenges society’s perception of power and hierarchy. Through “Monkey Queen” and other works such as “Devolved Parliament”, Banksy displays his signature style of using humour and satire to convey his frustration with the world around him.

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Banksy’s Monkey Queen

Year: 2003

Medium: Screenprint in colours on wove paper

Size: 50×35 cm (19 1/2 x 13 5/8 inches)

Publisher: Pictures on Walls

Total Edition: 750 and 150 signed

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