Has Banksy struck again? Locals say the mural on the side of the Blackpool house is by a guerrilla street artist
Has Banksy struck again? Locals say the mural on the side of the Blackpool house of a young boy holding a yellow umbrella is in the style of the guerrilla street artist
- A new piece of artwork has appeared on the wall of a house in Blackpool
- The style of the piece has sparked rumors Bristol sprayer Banksy may be involved
- It depicts a little boy in black and white desperately holding a yellow umbrella
A new artwork of a boy holding a yellow umbrella on a house in Blackpool has sparked excitement over whether it is a new Banksy.
The mostly black and white image shows a young boy clutching the brightly colored brolley.
He appeared on Wednesday night and was not discovered until the early hours of Thursday morning.
There was no sign of how he got there or any identifiable tag or signature claiming credit.
But due to its distinctive style, many have suggested it may be the work of Bristol-born guerrilla graffiti guru Banksy.
If so, it would be the second known time he has visited the popular resort town.
In 2021 a series was published under the title The Great British Spraycation.
Banksy’s spokesman – who can verify if the art is his – has been contacted by MailOnline but has yet to respond.
A new work of art has appeared on the wall of a house in Blackpool painted overnight
It depicts a small boy in black and white desperately holding a yellow umbrella as he flies away
The wall art is similar to another painting that has popped up in Stockport on the side of the pub.
This sprayed image was of a little boy in black and white holding a yellow kite.
We had hoped it was a real Banksy, but the artist confirmed that it was not his work.
Originals can sell for millions and appear overnight without any clues or signs of the painter.
But it’s similar to another non-Banksy painting that popped up in Stockport from the side of the pub
Banksy works hard to paint an old prison. His identity is shrouded in mystery
Blackpool artist and educator Brendan Bunting went to see the artwork and told the local newspaper he was worried it was not genuine.
He said: ‘It’s fantastic to see more street art in Blackpool, but sadly it’s not a Banksy.
“I was lucky enough to see an exhibition of Banksy’s work in Bristol many years ago. And I too found his work inspiring.
“It’s great to see local residents asking an artist to decorate the exterior of their accommodation. What I suspect took place here.
“I hope we can see the return of the Blackpool street art festival hosted by Robin Ross ‘Sand Sea and Spray’ as it has boosted tourism and the economy in Blackpool.
“Art has an important role to play in the regeneration of Blackpool, from exhibitions at The Grundy to contemporary exhibitions at Abingdon Studios to street art in the gardens of local residents.”