For years the true identity of world-renowned street artist Banksy has been in question. Many theories have been put forward, with no conclusive evidence. That is until now.
A limited edition book is now available for pre-order that shows the artist, paintbrush in hand, busy at work painting one of his most famous murals.
The book is a follow up to the 2014 project by Sincura Arts entitled STEALING BANKSY? This explored the social, legal and moral issues surrounding the sale of Street Art.
It culminated in an exhibition and sale showcasing the most expensive collection of Banksy street art ever assembled under one roof.
The new book reveals the untold story of the exhibition and the pieces that were showcased. It gives a first ever glimpse into the warehouses and processes used to restore these extraordinary artworks back to their former glory. It gives an insight into the future of the notorious workings.
However, what will grab the eye of the public and the headlines most is that the book features two pictures of Banksy himself.
As explained by director Tony Baxter, “We followed one piece, the Giant Rat on The Whitehouse Pub in Liverpool, to catalogue the story. While researching the piece a local offered us photos taken from the night which literally knocked us off our feet. We toiled for six months over whether to include the damning photos and finally chose to do so under a number of caveats from the readers.”
As explained on the website www.stealingbanksy.com were you can pre-order one of the limited edition books:
“Inside the book we display two pictures of the artist creating the piece which clearly identifies him. One of them is the image we have blurred on this website, the other is a closeup image. In buying the book you agree to the following:
- That you will not reproduce or share any picture from the book including publishing them in the public domain. Each book has an encrypted pixel that allows us to trace each picture to each book.
- That you will not use any picture in a legal or criminal proceeding against the artist.
- Should any of the above two points be breached you agree to a financial donation of £250,000 to a registered charity.”
A limited, numbered, run of books will be created ready for dispatch on December 1st. Books are priced at £15.99 plus delivery and can be pre-ordered at https://stealingbanksy.com/.
The books will be available on general sale through selected outlets from February 2018.
“Our goal was never to expose Banksy” says art curator Anthony Monaco, “but including these pictures completes the story. Otherwise it would be like telling the story of Napoleon but omitting the French Revolution.”