Banksy is by and large considered the most famous street artist in the world right now, and a vast majority of his works have been executed on canvas. The artist's ascent to fame is marked by his use of scathing, jet-black humour with a material that reflects the aesthetic of urban life and the authenticity of his intentions. Outside of the Think Tank series on metal panels commissioned by the pop band Blur, examples of his signature stencil works are highly sought after.
The present work Keep It Real features one of Banksy's most iconic and popular images, the chimpanzee appearing here in one of its many incarnations as the loveable underdog with a sandwich board, underestimated and yet subversive, with the power to illicit social transformation. Standing upright like a human being with their signature look of slouched shoulders and downturned eyes, Banksy's monkeys often popped up overnight on streets, walls and bridges of cities throughout the world. The text written on their boards are often times political and social commentary coming from the artist. As with a large number of the artist's recurring stencils this image has appeared at auction on many occasions in many media.