Whistler store unveils original Banksy art piece
A streetwear culture store in Whistler has unveiled an original art piece by Banksy almost 16 years after it was created.
Jackie O’Brien Jones and husband Nic are the owners of the newly opened Jonathan+Olivia, the first fashion store in Whistler offering streetwear culture and an aprés shop.
The aprés shop carries fashion heavyweights including Sacai, Maison Margiela, Yohji Yamamoto, Rick Owens, and stellar brands such as Acne Studios, APC, John Elliot, Kitsuné, and James Perse.
The art piece, created privately by Banksy in January 2003 in the basement of the original Surface to Air store in Paris, is titled “Bombing Middle England.”
Nic, a former partner and director of the brand, now wishes to return the artwork to its original intention of being seen by the public.
Stencilled on concrete, the painting measures over 2 metres by 60 centimetres and depicts pensioners bowling with bombs in a manner reminiscent of Cinders McLeod’s 1999 drawing “Anarchic Granny.”
The piece is now on display in Art Gallery Row downstairs from Mountain Square, Whistler, or at their online store.