84 x 59 cm
A cornerstone of any serious collection, this 2007 piece is quintessential Banksy. It appropriates Andy Warhol’s 1960s Campbell’s Tomato soup trope and retcons it for life in late capitalist Britain. Tesco’s (for international customers) is a famously grasping UK supermarket chain that’s notorious for sharp practice, especially the mishandling of small suppliers and farmers and aggressive competition with local corner shops, summing up all that is cynical about business in the 21st century. Compared to Warhol’s bright colours, the uniform designs communicate the inexorable downward trajectory of life in the age of wage depreciation, zero hours contracts and ‘career change’.