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Cangaceiro Project: Two Banditos
Cangaceiro Project: Two Banditos

Cangaceiro Project: Two Banditos

Jamie Hewlett
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UV print on Somerset 410gsm paper

Edition of 200

50cm x 53cm

Signed and numbered by the artist and presented with a certificate of authenticity. 


Laz Emporium is proud to present a new screen print edition of the Cangaceiro Project by Jamie Hewlett, one of the most influential graphic artists working today.

Historically Cangaceiros were ‘Robin Hood’ style bandits operating in the arid areas of northeastern Brazil in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These colourful figures, with their own style and culture, were active in the local population throwing free parties known as ‘bailes’. They doused themselves in French perfume to mask the effects of the dry weather and embellished their leather armour with coins and other treasures.

The most notorious cangaceiro, Lampiao (meaning ‘oil lamp’, because he could fire a lever action rifle so quickly it resembled holding a lamp), was finally killed by the police in 1938.

Jamie Hewletts acclaimed projects include the band Gorillaz and operetta Monkey: Journey to the West alongside Damon Albarn, plus seminal 1990s creation Tank Girl and her home publication Deadline. He has also collaborated with comic greats Peter Milligan on Hewligan’s Haircut, and Grant Morrison on covers for Doom Patrol and Shade the Changing Man. In 2006 he won the London Design museum’s Designer of the Year and was presented with an Ivor Novello songwriting award, one of the most prestigious recognitions in the music industry today.

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