Wild rumours that the true identity of guerrilla artist Banksy is none other than children’s entertainment legend Neil Buchanan have gathered pace online.
Online theories have suggested that the 58-year-old Art Attack legend is the mysterious hooded genius behind works of art that have popped up around the world.
While rumours that the children’s TV legend could be the mastermind of Banksy’s street art have circulated for years, theories went up a gear this weekend.
On Friday, a Liverpudlian Twitter user thew fuel on the fire by suggesting the rumours could be true – with responses to the claim only seeming to endorse the theory.
The Twitter user wrote: “Just heard that it's rumoured Neil Buchanan is Banksy. If true, it's the funniest s*** ever. Aintree's finest.”
The Twitter user explained the rationale behind the rumour, stating: “He's a musician and art has followed in the cities of shows he's done allegedly.”
And they went on to claim that this thin evidence was enough to convince them, adding: “This is straight in the believe without question category.”
One respondent claimed to have once witnessed Banksy carrying out some of his guerrilla art making, tweeting: “In the late nineties/early noughties, someone pointed Banksy out to me at the Notting Hill Arts Club. I also saw him doing a stencil outside my flat in Hoxton at around the same time (hood up).”
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They alluded to the mystery surrounding Banksy’s true identity, writing: “Could I pick him out of a line-up? Absolutely not.”
However, this reply only encouraged the original tweeter, who highlighted: “So you wouldn't deny that it's Neil even though you've seen Banksy?? This is big.”
One follower suggested that the clue to Neil being Banksy was hiding in plain sight all along – with hours of footage within episodes of Art Attack seemingly acting as a prelude to his mysterious public art works.
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The Twitter user argued: “Interesting…Neil Buchanan WAS known for his big outdoor pieces utilising multimedia props and items to craft uncanny replicas.”
They added the artist would also occasionally be seen in his sketches: “getting chased down by a perturbed member of authority who he supposedly ‘borrowed’ the materials from.”
Meanwhile, further evidence can be found by retracing the steps of Neil and his rock band, Marseille.
The artist has played guitar in the group since the 1970s – once playing at the Garage in Glasgow back in 2010.
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A Banksy artwork was discovered on a wall near the iconic music venue on Sauchiehall Street, a stones throw from where Neil once performed.
The band also played the Roundhouse in Camden, London, just around the corner from one of Banksy’s most famous artworks.
However the dates between the Marseille gigs and the artworks appearing have not always correlated to support theories that the artist nipped out between sets to stencil away and leave his mark.
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