Elusive street artist Banksy has confirmed he is behind ten new pieces of art that have appeared at various seaside resorts across the east Coast of Britain.
Over the last few days a number of spray-painted murals have cropped up in Norfolk’s Great Yarmouth, Gorleston and Cromer and Lowestoft and Oulton Broad in Suffolk – prompting a huge response from residents with speculation rising that Banksy was behind the feat.
The artist, whose identity remains a closely guarded secret, has now revealed his part in the images – which include a rat reclining on a deckchair and an arcade crabbing crane – in an Instagram video, outlining the process behind his latest work.
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It has now been around 40 years since Banksy emerged on the UK street art scene in the 90s, after his distinctive spray-paintings on walls and trains of Bristol gained public attention.
Banksy’s artwork can now fetch well over £1million and his name is known around the world – but still the artist keeps his true identity a closely guarded secret.
The mysterious nature of Banksy’ work – often carried out in the dead of night – has sparked fevered speculation as to who is behind the art.
Last year, former Art Attack presenter Neil Buchanan was forced to deny he was Banksy after a social media rumour gained traction.
Twitter was abuzz with a theory linking the two after a fan noticed that Banksy’s art was popping up in locations where Neil had performed his music.
Neil, 64, became a familiar face in many households between 1990 and 2007, due to his part on ITV’s kids’ series Art Attack.
The talented artists taught viewers tricks with paints, how to draw cartoons and create ‘big art attacks’ out of everyday objects.
But fans’ hopes that Neil could be outed as the popular graffiti artist Banksy were dashed last September.
A statement on Neil’s website poured water over the claims.
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“”Neil Buchanan is NOT Banksy,” the message read. “We have been inundated with inquiries over the weekend regarding the current social media story.
“Unfortunately this website does not have the infrastructure to answer all these inquiries individually, however we can confirm that there is no truth in the rumour whatsoever.
“Neil spent lockdown with vulnerable members of his family and is now preparing to launch his new art collection in 2021.”
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Massive Attack star Robert Del Naja has also been linked to the famous graffiti artist over the years.
In 2018 rapper Goldie, who has claimed to be a friend of Banksy, appeared to let slip the secret during an interview with Scroobious Pip’s distraction Pieces.
“Give me a bubble letter and put it on a T-shirt and write Banksy on it and we’re sorted. We can sell it now,” said Goldie.
“No disrespect to Robert,” he added. “I think he is a brilliant artist. I think he has flipped the world of art over.”
The casual reference to ‘Robert’ had many fans believing Goldie was referring to the Bristol-born member of trip hop trio Massive Attack.
Goldie’s apparent slip-up is not the first time Robert has been linked to Banksy.
He is a well known visual artist, whose art has appeared on every one of Massive Attack’s records.
Robert started his career as a graffiti artist, renowned for bring the stencil movement to Bristol in the 90s.
When asked about his connection to the mystery artist, Robert raised eyebrows by saying Banksy was a ‘mate’ who had ‘been to some [Massive Attack] gigs.
While journalist Craig Williams also penned a blog post noticing the coincidences between Banksy murals appearing in venues close to Massive Attack’s tour dates.
The patter appeared across the United states with artwork appearing in a number of cities the band had played at from Boston to Los Angeles.