Banksy has apparently been spotted and caught on tape in a white van near to his newest mural in Hull.
This footage is allegedly the first image to emerge of the elusive urban artist in 15 years.
The footage, recorded by a scrap dealer, is believed to be only the second image ever taken of the ‘original’ Banksy, who is believed to be artist Robin Cunningham.
It hasn’t yet been confirmed that Cunningham is Banksy, but many believe the Bristol-based artist and the urban legend are one and the same.
The artist was captured on film holding a stencil while in Jamaica in 2003, and now a man who bears a striking resemblance to him has been caught in the video at the same time the new Banksy artworks were discovered in the city.
The artist was spotted looking ‘shifty’ while he sported a baseball cap and sunglasses to protect his identity on Thursday Jan 25.
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Banksy confirmed the murals were indeed his thanks to an official post from his Instagram account 24 hours later.
Richard Tilson, 39, videoed two men in a Mercedes Sprinter van having initially thinking they were robbers.
He even tailed one of them 300 metres before the man then took pictures of the artwork, Mr Tilson thought nothing of it.
But when Banksy confirmed the work, Mr Tilson put two and two together.
I just can’t believe that there was this millionaire sat in this van spraying paint on to a wall. Personally, I’m about 95 per cent certain it is him. If it looks like him online then it has got to be – too much adds up.
Banksy’s identity is still yet to be officially revealed, though some tidbits of info have slipped through the cracks in recent years.
There have been claims that Banksy is not even one man but a team of artists, and claims that the ethereal artist is in fact Robert Del Naja, 52, of Massive Attack.
DJ Goldie let as much slip during an interview, in which he said:
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… No disrespect to Robert [pause], I think he is a brilliant artist. I think he has flipped the world of art over.
Testing this potential theory, journalist Craig Williams found a notable comparison between the dates of Massive Attack gigs and Banksy murals in the same cities.
Massive Attack embarked on a US tour which saw them play in Berkeley in September 22, 2006, one week after Banksy had his exhibition in the city.
In 2008, Banksy produced 14 stencils in New Orleans to mark the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
At the same time, almost to the day, was the New Orleans premiere of a documentary which Del Naja had written the soundtrack for.
Six Banksy murals were reported in San Fransisco on May 1, and Massive Attack played a two night stint in the city on April 25 and 27.
We’re never likely to get official info on the identity of Banksy, but then again, do we actually really want to know?