January 31, 2018 10.33 am This story is over 46 months old

Lincoln graffiti claims to be Banksy art


A graffiti picture in Lincoln is causing a stir by claiming to be the work of anonymous satirical street artist Banksy.

The picture, which appears to copy well-used Banksy motifs, a rat holding what looks like a backwards red question mark, has appeared on Unity Square off Broadgate.

While the picture on a boarded-up window, opposite the Premier Inn hotel, is signed with a conspicuous ‘Banksy’ tag, fans are likely to question its authenticity.

Readers have contacted The Lincolnite to question if the piece is genuine.

Photo: Rosie Brown for The Lincolnite

Photo: Rosie Brown for The Lincolnite

On close inspection, the suspected impersonator had pasted the paper creation to the board.

Hundreds of street artists adopt similar styles of controversial work, and imitations can be found across the country.

Experts say two key signifiers of a genuine Banksy work are a busy location and a political subject. While the artist is known for their bold approach, pieces are not always technically advanced.

Banksy recently made their mark not far from Lincolnshire, just across the Humber in Hull  – though it was defaced and restored.

Lincoln’s street art does not appear on Banksy’s website.

Fake Banksy’s moment in the spotlight was short-lived

UPDATE, 3pm: It looks like someone was so unimpressed with Lincoln’s fake artwork that they ripped it down completely.

Here’s your cue Banksy!

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