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Theory That Art Attack Legend Neil Buchanan Is Banksy Gains Momentum Online

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Theory That Art Attack Legend Neil Buchanan Is Banksy Gains Momentum Online

A theory has gained traction that legendary Art Attack presenter Neil Buchanan is the reclusive street artist known as Banksy.

Speculation began doing the rounds on social media this week after someone claimed they had been told the infamous artist is, in fact, the former children's TV personality.

The wild rumour was posted on Twitter by the user 'Scouseman'.

They said: "Just heard that it's rumoured Neil Buchanan is Banksy. If true, it's the funniest s*** ever. Aintree's finest.

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"He's a musician and art has followed in the cities of shows he's done allegedly.

"This is straight in the believe without question category."

Since the post was shared, it has received dozens of comments, with people loving the bizarre theory.

One person said: "YES PLEASE. Am not reading any more about this and this is going to be my truth from now."

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Is the infamous Banksy really Neil Buchanan? Credit: ITV
Is the infamous Banksy really Neil Buchanan? Credit: ITV

While another chimed in: "They say not to believe everything you read online but I 100 percent believe this. Don't even need to look up the cities for confirmation. Neil is Banksy, Banksy is Neil."

One user even claimed they had seen Banksy, though they admitted that they couldn't tell you what he looked like.

They said: "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). Could I pick him out of a line-up? Absolutely not."

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But not everyone backed the idea that Neil is the man behind the infamous painter.

Some comments referenced an interview with musician Goldie from back in 2017, where he appeared to let Banksy's real name slip.

Is this an Art Attack? Credit: Banksy/Instagram
Is this an Art Attack? Credit: Banksy/Instagram

During an interview with Scroobius Pip, the DJ was explaining Banksy's significance in the art world, but nearly let the cat out of the bag.

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He said: "For something like graffiti, which has inspired the world with font or anything to do with anyone wearing a baseball cap and sneakers, at its centre it is still misunderstood.

"But give me a bubble letter and put it on a T-shirt and write Banksy on it and we're sorted... We can sell it now.

"No disrespect to Rob, I think he is a brilliant artist. I think he has flipped the world of art over."

It's thought that 'Rob' may be referring to Rob Del Naja from Massive Attack, who was linked to the name Bansky during an investigation by a journalist in 2016.

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It has also been claimed that Del Naja is one of a number of Banksys, with the name being shared by a collective of artists.

So maybe Neil really is involved...?

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: Viral, Entertainment, Art, Funny, Twitter, Weird

Dominic Smithers
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