Bansky in Bournemouth? More like a bored art student

Bansky in Bournemouth? More like a bored art student

Bansky in Bournemouth? More like a bored art student

First published in News

A GRAFFITI picture ‘signed’ by legendary artist Banksy has been dismissed as a fake.

The image of a Zebra morphing into a barcode was painted on the wall of a block of flats in Bournemouth’s lower gardens.

The effort created an online stir and national coverage thanks to the anonymous artist’s worldwide reputation.

A Banksy stencil with a similar theme called ‘Leopard and Barcode’ recently sold for £75,650 at auction.

Several councils have protected his satirical images from their graffiti removal teams.

However expert Richard Howard-Griffin, from Street Art London, told the Echo there was “not a chance” it was real.

He said: “The context is weak, the subject is old, the stencilling poor. It has been probably been executed by a bored GCSE art student.”

Wayne Anthony, co-editor of London Street-Art Design, said more than 7,000 people had viewed the image in a few hours on the magazine’s Facebook page.

But he said: “We see no reason to endorse this stencil as Banksy.

“It’s quite messy whereas Banksy paints much clearer lines especially when it comes to detail.”

The Echo emailed the camera shy artist’s website but received no reply on Tuesday. The work does not feature on the site’s recent updates.

It has been done on the rear wall on a block of flats called Capella Court, which runs along the footpath behind the mini-golf course.

Staff working at a nearby hotel said they first noticed the image around the time of the torch relay. The owners of Capella Court asked the council to paint over it without realising what it allegedly was, although the work has not yet been carried out.

Tina Stewart, from managing agents Rebbeck Brothers, said she would examine the image for herself and speak to the owners.

The Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday the painting was genuine but hours later added an online update that it was a fake, citing unnamed “sources”.

A more reliable Banksy cropped up in Bournemouth in 2004, when his ‘Buried Treasure’ stencil appeared on the Pier pointing to a patch of sand.

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9:30am Fri 10 Aug 12

PooleParky says...

There are others in parkstone. A ghetto mouse and the image of the girl letting go of the heart shaped balloon....
There are others in parkstone. A ghetto mouse and the image of the girl letting go of the heart shaped balloon.... PooleParky
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9:35am Fri 10 Aug 12

gosub47 says...

Bansky?
Bansky? gosub47
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10:19am Fri 10 Aug 12

HRH of Boscombe says...

Banksy would be embarrassed by such a poor effort.
Banksy would be embarrassed by such a poor effort. HRH of Boscombe
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10:36am Fri 10 Aug 12

scrumpyjack says...

This looks like graffiti, Banksy's work genuinely looks like art.
This looks like graffiti, Banksy's work genuinely looks like art. scrumpyjack
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11:16am Fri 10 Aug 12

mark1987 says...

i would like to remind people that think this is graffiti that it is not, banksy is not a graffiti artist he is a street artist.
proper graffiti artists do not need stencils to produce amazing work.
also to add he stole his style of street art from a french artist called BLEK LE RAT.
The fact that councils protect this art and not the other amazing real graffiti is a joke!
i would like to remind people that think this is graffiti that it is not, banksy is not a graffiti artist he is a street artist. proper graffiti artists do not need stencils to produce amazing work. also to add he stole his style of street art from a french artist called BLEK LE RAT. The fact that councils protect this art and not the other amazing real graffiti is a joke! mark1987
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1:13pm Fri 10 Aug 12

Old before my time says...

This is criminal whether it's banksy or not and should be dealt with as such. I'd give banksy public lashing and making him clean up his "art".
This is criminal whether it's banksy or not and should be dealt with as such. I'd give banksy public lashing and making him clean up his "art". Old before my time
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1:16pm Fri 10 Aug 12

Pablo23 says...

Old before my time wrote:
This is criminal whether it's banksy or not and should be dealt with as such. I'd give banksy public lashing and making him clean up his "art".
Its because of people like you that he has to stay anonymous and hide his light under a bushel
[quote][p][bold]Old before my time[/bold] wrote: This is criminal whether it's banksy or not and should be dealt with as such. I'd give banksy public lashing and making him clean up his "art".[/p][/quote]Its because of people like you that he has to stay anonymous and hide his light under a bushel Pablo23
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1:19pm Fri 10 Aug 12

whataboutthat says...

Old before my time wrote:
This is criminal whether it's banksy or not and should be dealt with as such. I'd give banksy public lashing and making him clean up his "art".
Obvious troll.
[quote][p][bold]Old before my time[/bold] wrote: This is criminal whether it's banksy or not and should be dealt with as such. I'd give banksy public lashing and making him clean up his "art".[/p][/quote]Obvious troll. whataboutthat
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1:39pm Fri 10 Aug 12

lonelysurf says...

Do we know who did it? No !..then it cant be art.
Do we know who did it? No !..then it cant be art. lonelysurf
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1:41pm Fri 10 Aug 12

Old before my time says...

Not a troll, I just disapprove of paying council tax to fund the clear up when people vandalise our community.
Not a troll, I just disapprove of paying council tax to fund the clear up when people vandalise our community. Old before my time
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1:59pm Fri 10 Aug 12

O'Reilly says...

Nope ....more W*nksy.
Nope ....more W*nksy. O'Reilly
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3:02pm Fri 10 Aug 12

mark1987 says...

lonelysurf wrote:
Do we know who did it? No !..then it cant be art.
It cant be art ??? really
Art comes in many forms, i suppose that the ancient hieroglyphic art that is found in Egypt is not art because it hasnt got a signature or certificate of authentisity in your mind.
Sorry but i have to laugh at your ignorance.
[quote][p][bold]lonelysurf[/bold] wrote: Do we know who did it? No !..then it cant be art.[/p][/quote]It cant be art ??? really Art comes in many forms, i suppose that the ancient hieroglyphic art that is found in Egypt is not art because it hasnt got a signature or certificate of authentisity in your mind. Sorry but i have to laugh at your ignorance. mark1987
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3:05pm Fri 10 Aug 12

mark1987 says...

Pablo23 wrote:
Old before my time wrote: This is criminal whether it's banksy or not and should be dealt with as such. I'd give banksy public lashing and making him clean up his "art".
Its because of people like you that he has to stay anonymous and hide his light under a bushel
and for your information he is not anonymous his name is Robin banks.

he would be un able to make a fortune of his work if he was anonymous.
[quote][p][bold]Pablo23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old before my time[/bold] wrote: This is criminal whether it's banksy or not and should be dealt with as such. I'd give banksy public lashing and making him clean up his "art".[/p][/quote]Its because of people like you that he has to stay anonymous and hide his light under a bushel[/p][/quote]and for your information he is not anonymous his name is Robin banks. he would be un able to make a fortune of his work if he was anonymous. mark1987
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12:17pm Sat 11 Aug 12

addntox says...

Bournemouth did have an original and early Bansky under Bournemouth pier, but was removed ages ago

http://www.artofthes
tate.co.uk/banksy/Ba
nksy_Bournemouth_bur
ied_treasure_2.htm
Bournemouth did have an original and early Bansky under Bournemouth pier, but was removed ages ago http://www.artofthes tate.co.uk/banksy/Ba nksy_Bournemouth_bur ied_treasure_2.htm addntox
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10:32pm Sat 11 Aug 12

dvdr says...

The headline writer thinks he is called Bansky.

Sloppy Journalism?
The headline writer thinks he is called Bansky. Sloppy Journalism? dvdr
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