Has Banksy's True Identity Been Discovered?

07 September 2020
Banksy, Art, Twitter, Internet

The Internet believes the artist is former British TV presenter Neil Buchanan

The identity of the British guerilla artist, Banksy, has been a closely guarded secret for many year, but if an Internet rumour is to be believed, the man behind the graffiti is Neil Buchanan, a British TV presenter.

Buchanan is best known for presenting Art Attack, a children’s TV programme that peaked during the 1990s. In the show, Buchanan would show viewers how to make art in a simple, easy to follow way.

Crucially though, At the end of each show, he would always create a large, work of art, often outside, using found objects. Sound familiar?

The rumour that Neil Buchanan is in fact Banksy begin on twitter with one user, 'Scouseman', who pointed out that Buchanan is now a musician, and that Banksy’s artwork has appeared in cities in which his band has played.

If true this would mean that Banksy, rumoured to be from Bristol, would actually hail from Aintree, Liverpool.

As with most Twitter rumours, it seems a little far-fetched to imagine that a children’s TV presenter has built a second career as one of the world’s most profitable guerilla artists.

Banksy’s murals, often spray painted onto the sides of buildings, sell for millions of pounds and the artist is now said to be worth upwards of £50m.

If it’s true, Buchanan has come a long way since his weekday afternoon stints on England’s ITV. Buchanan has denied the rumour via his website, releasing a statement saying:

"We have been inundated with enquiries over the weekend regarding the current social media story. Unfortunately this website does not have the infrastructure to answer all these enquiries individually, however we can confirm that there is no truth in the rumour whatsoever."

Still, if you were a highly secretive artist looking to keep your identity under wraps, that's exactly what you would say.