Banksy unveils new artwork with powerful message in British seaside town
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Banksy's new artwork has been shared today (14 February), and displays a powerful message.
The famed artist - that very few know the identity of - has revealed a new painting believed to have been drawn up on a wall in Grosvenor Place in Margate, Kent.
In a series of photos posted on his Instagram account, Banksy appears to display a 1950s housewife, wearing a classic blue pinny and yellow washing up gloves, with a swollen eye and a missing tooth, shoving her male partner into a chest freezer.
The elusive artist captioned the piece 'Valentine’s day mascara' and zoomed in twice to show a close-up of the woman’s smiling but seemingly battered face.
There's also a collection of rubbish on the ground in front of the artwork, including a broken garden chair, a blue crate and an empty beer bottle.
The artwork suggests the artist is highlighting the issue of domestic abuse and fighting violence against women.
Well, since he came onto the scene in the 1990s, the identity of Banksy has remained a mystery.
The UK artist is known across the world for his memorable and unique graffiti-which has been showcased in locations all around the world - from New York to his hometown of Bristol.
So it seems that there happens to be some unearthed footage of the man from an interview in 2003, which is thought to be the only ever recording of Banksy's face, rather his eyes.
His identity is not fully revealed as the man, who claims to be the anonymous street artist, dons a baseball cap and a balaclava to cover his face.
In the interview, he stands in front of a number of collection pieces, including painted farm animals, while he talks to reporters.
Speaking to, now retired, ITV News correspondent Haig Gordon, the man who claims to be Banksy said: "I'm disguised because you can't really be a graffiti writer and then go public.
"The two things don't quite go together."
Also in 2019, Bristol-based ITV reporter Robert Murphy spoke to Gordon while doing some research on Banksy.
Gordon claims that he saw the man's face but today he can no longer remember what he looks like.
"It is strange isn't it - there's a great value attached to any sight of him [Banksy]," said Gordon.
"I had a full sight of him and I've completely squandered it."
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