Has Banksy struck again? Mural appears at night on the wall of the pub that bears all the hallmarks of the guerrilla street performer
- Street art of a boy flying a kite is in Banksy’s usual stenciled spray-painted style
- The artwork appeared on the side of a pub in Stockport, Greater Manchester
- Local resident said the work was produced in the early hours of Sunday morning
- Christie’s auction house valued another of the artist’s work at up to £13.2 million
Banksy is said to have struck again after a mural in the style of the famous street artist was spotted on the side of a pub in Greater Manchester.
Despite being one of Britain’s most famous artists, Banksy’s identity is a secret, although he is known to be from Bristol.
People who first saw the artwork at The Griffin Hotel in Stockport said they thought it was a real Banksy.
The mural in Banksy’s usual style of stenciled, spray-painted images appeared on Sunday and depicts a boy flying a kite.
People who live in Stockport think that this artwork of a young boy flying a kite on the side of the Griffin Hotel pub was created by noted artist Banksy
The landlord of the Griffin Hotel, Danny Chambers, said, “Obviously it’s a surprise. It had just appeared when I got back from the shops.
“People have been talking about it and asking questions about it, but I don’t know anything about it, so I haven’t really had any answers.
“We have our own artwork in the beer garden that we paid an artist for, but the one out there has nothing to do with me.”
The artwork appeared on the side of the Griffin Hotel in Stockport. The landlord of the pub said it was ‘a surprise’
The artwork was unveiled from behind a series of scenes on Sunday, said a man who lives nearby.
He added: ‘It was done in the early hours of this morning and people said they heard work going on then.
‘It resembles [a real Banksy]. It’s pretty well done.
“It’s not graffiti, let’s put it this way.”
The painting of a young boy flying a yellow kite in Banksy’s signature black and white style.
The aviator has a sour house style face but with a sad expression as opposed to the usual smile.
Banksy’s artworks have brought in tens of millions in sales.
This week, Christie’s auction house valued a Banksy painting, inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers, between £8.8 million and £13.2 million.
Fashion designer Sir Paul Smith will sell the painting, called Sunflowers From Petrol Station, in November.
Banksy rediscovered Van Gogh’s famous painting as a withered bunch of sunflowers when he made it in 2005.
Banksy’s 2005 painting rediscovered Van Gogh’s famous painting as a withered bunch of sunflowers. Van Gogh’s original sunflowers were painted in the 1800s by the legendary Dutch Post-Impressionist artist
Sir Paul said: ‘What attracted me to Banksy in the first place was his confidence and clarity in communicating something exactly as it is. I was so impressed with his observations of what was happening in the world and that is still true of the work he does today.
His political statements are completely on point, really profound, really brave and consistently delivered in a modern way.
“I was delighted to have the opportunity to own a piece of his work and the sunflower itself offers such a brilliantly unique way of thinking about things.”
The painting will be exhibited in Los Angeles and Hong Kong and will be sold in New York on November 9.
Banksy representatives have not responded to a request for comment about his alleged mural in Stockport.
What were the latest murals Banksy created?
Banksy’s latest works came in the summer, when the mysterious Bristol-born artist went on ‘A Great British Spraycation’.
He claimed ten artworks as his own in August via a video on his Instagram page.
The artwork with the slogan ‘We’re all in the same boat’ appeared in Nicholas Everitt Park, Oulton Broad, in Suffolk
‘We’re all in this together’ shows three children next to a boat, with one child jumping water, another delivering with a paper hat and a third keeping an eye on the future with a telescope.
Banksy painted a seagull competing for chips on the side of a house on Denmark Road in Katwijk Way, Lowestoft, Suffolk
A seagull on the side of a house appears to be trying to eat the chips made from insulation rubble in a container next to the property.
This spray-painted artwork on London Road North, Lowestoft, is another example of Banksy’s Great British Spraycation
It depicts a child in a fisherman’s hat who has built a sand castle and lifted a cobblestone next to the wall.