Painting for Saints

Painting for Saints
ArtistBanksy
Year2020 (2020)
SubjectNHS Workers
OwnerSouthampton General Hospital
Preceded byValentine's Banksy
Followed byIf You Don't Mask, You Don't Get

Painting for Saints or Game Changer is a 2020 painting by Banksy, who donated it to the Southampton General Hospital in Southern England, United Kingdom. The artwork depicts a child playing with a toy nurse, having selected the toy over superheroes Batman and Spider-Man, and was unveiled during the COVID-19 pandemic. The painting is largely monochrome apart from a red cross on the nurse's uniform. It was delivered to the hospital together with a note: "Thanks for all you're doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if its only black and white".[1] The hospital titled the artwork Painting for Saints, which references "The Saints", a nickname for Southampton F.C..[2] Banksy himself posted the image on his Instagram account with the caption "Game Changer".[3]

The artwork remained at the hospital until it was auctioned off to benefit charities affiliated with the National Health Service.[3] It was sold for £14.4m (£16.8m including buyer premium) on 23 March 2021, which at the time was a record for a work by Banksy.[4][5]

  1. ^ Gompertz, Will (6 May 2020). "New Banksy artwork appears at Southampton hospital". BBC.
  2. ^ Kim, Allen (7 May 2020). "Banksy donates new artwork honoring health care workers to hospital". CNN. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b "A British nurse is the chosen superhero in new Banksy artwork". Reuters. 6 May 2020. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Covid: Banksy painting raises £14.4m for NHS charities". BBC. 23 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Banksy painting raises $23 million for UK health charities". Associated Press. 23 March 2021.

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