Street artist claims responsibility for Banksy artwork in Nottingham – Nottinghamshire Live

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An artist has claimed responsibility for graffiti painted on a wall in Nottingham in the style of Banksy.

The work, on a wall off Ilkeston Road in Nottingham, appeared in the city on Tuesday (October 16) and depicts a child hula-hooping with the missing tyre of a nearby bike.

The piece used a similar style to the famous incognito artist and speculation started to mount it could have beenn a genuine Banksy, though art critics in the city were sceptical of its “authenticity”.

Now, Birmingham-based artist ‘Itchers’ has contacted Nottinghamshire Live to take credit for the work.

The artist, who also uses stencil work, says he was in the city recently and saw the chained up bicycle, which he described as looking “like a sad old bike”.

The 28 year old, from Sutton Coldfield, said he wanted to “bring a bit of joy” in these “dark times”.

“I was up in Nottingham not that long ago and I saw this bike chained up to the lamppost and I thought to myself: ‘that looks like a sad old little bike’,” he said.

“I thought I could cheer it up a bit by having a child playing hula-hoop with the tyre that wasn’t there so I came up on Tuesday and painted it on the wall.

“It’s something for people to enjoy, that’s what it’s all about.

“Everyone in Nottingham needs to stay safe, I know about the lockdown and the massive rise in Covid cases there so I wanted to bring a bit of joy in these dark times.”

It wouldn’t be the first time the Birmingham-based artist has been mistaken for Banksy.

Birmingham Live reported in May 2019 how Itchers was responsible for a Banksy-inspired artwork on a wall in Duddeston, an area of the city.

Residents there, too, initially thought the artwork was created by the man himself, but Itchers revealed his identity in the days after it appeared.

“It is a compliment that people thought it was Banksy I suppose, though it does begin to gnaw on you a bit [that I’m not recognised],” he said

“But it is a compliment, he is a world-renowned artist and you can’t knock him for what he’s accomplished and achieved for the art scene.”

While the artwork was painted on Tuesday (October 13), it became noticed by multiple residents on Thursday morning.

People flocked to the scene to see what was initially believed to be Banksy’s work, before Nottingham City Council set up a perspex screen to protect the artwork.

A hooded figure tagging the potential ‘Banksy’ painting in Nottingham

This screening was then sprayed over on two separate occasions by people in the area, however, the artwork itself remained untouched.

Artist Itchers says he’s glad the screen was there to preserve the artwork.

“It’s always going to happen, it’s one of those things,” he said.

“It’s still in tact so I can’t moan but if the perspex wasn’t there I would have been quite annoyed.”

Itchers says most of his artwork is done using stencils that he creates himself, drawing the outline to the desired shape before turning it into the spray-on design.

He admits that much of his work has “mistakes” but he thinks it makes it look better as you can tell the stencils are hand-drawn.

He added: “A lot of people use computers or photoshop for the stencil and it looks perfect, but for me having those mistakes adds that bit of mess and makes it look better.”

When asked, graffiti artist Itchers refused to reveal his true identity to Nottinghamshire Live.

 

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