(PHOTO: Adeyinka Makinde)
I have no particular interest in the art of Banksy, a semi-legendary British artist fond of putting murals on walls. However, I have heard of him and am also aware of the reverential status that his fans accord him.
If his works are effectively ‘stolen’ and offered for sale for phenomenal amounts of money; not just on ebay but in international auction houses, there must obviously be something substantive to the level of his artistry.
My guess is that similarly to the Haitian-American Jean-Michel Basquiat, he is a street artist par excellence .
I stumbled on a mural next to what looked like an antique shop in Naples last year, took a snap and only realised later that the mural was designed by none other than Banksy.
My facebook entry read as follows: