Henri Neuendorf | Artnet
English was the winning bidder of Banksy’s Slave Labour (2012) at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The work was removed from the side of a London discount store—a practice Banksy has long decried. It depicts a young child on his knees sewing a string of Union Jack flags and is thought to be a denunciation of the use of sweat shop labor to create memorabilia for the 2012 London Olympics.
“My idea for this painting is to whitewash it for my good pal Banksy, I only wish I could’ve spent more money for it,” English told the Press Association. “I am going to paint it white again, I’m done. This is a blow for street art. It shouldn’t be bought and sold.” …Read More
Pictured: American artist Ron English poses with the Banksy work he plans to whitewash. Photo: Barbara Davidson/Getty Images.