Astley Bridge graffiti is not work of Banksy

The Bolton News: The Banksy-style rat graffiti that was spotted in Astley Bridge The Banksy-style rat graffiti that was spotted in Astley Bridge

BANKSY has confirmed that graffiti in his style spotted in Astley Bridge is not his work.

A representative from Pest Control, the agency that represents the artist, has confirmed that Banksy did not create the rat mural in Blackburn Road.

The announcement follows the assesment of a University of Bolton art expert, who poured cold water on the theory that Banksy has paid a visit to Bolton.

The Bolton News reported last week how murals in the style of the elusive artist were spotted by van driver Stuart Yates outside a derelict building in Blackburn Road, Astley Bridge, as he drove past with his partner.

And who is behind the stencil art, which shows two rodents — one with the symbol for nuclear energy on its fur, and another holding a rose-shaped fork — remains a mystery.

Rebecca Sitar, a senior lecturer in fine arts at the University of Bolton, said she smells a rat, and she thinks it is unlikely this graffiti is the work of the famous Banksy.

She said: “The methods Bansky uses can easily be replicated, which subsequently make authenticating the real thing very difficult.

“Added to this, there has been a quite a bit of news recently aligned to him from the States.

“So, unless Banksy has had a festive break in Bolton over the Christmas period, it’s more than likely a very good copy in the style of Banksy.”

Other names thrown into the hat include Salford-born artist Davlo, whose street art has been snapped up by the likes of Vivienne Westwood.

But when The Bolton News contacted him he denied it was his work.

Do you know who created the art? Contact The Bolton News on 01204 537271.

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11:31am Wed 8 Jan 14

one_love says...

Really im so surprised, I thought he would come all the way from New York (where he's meant to be ATM) to Bolton to paint a rat on some wall, what a shame...
Really im so surprised, I thought he would come all the way from New York (where he's meant to be ATM) to Bolton to paint a rat on some wall, what a shame... one_love

11:56am Wed 8 Jan 14

mycommentsaremyown says...

I saw someone that looked like he was drawing another one at the same location at about 6am this morning...
I saw someone that looked like he was drawing another one at the same location at about 6am this morning... mycommentsaremyown

11:56am Wed 8 Jan 14

MarkAllRead says...

It just goes to show the true value of Banksy's 'art' when any old joker can reproduce the same stuff.
It just goes to show the true value of Banksy's 'art' when any old joker can reproduce the same stuff. MarkAllRead

12:16pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Dannielle123 says...

If you walk around the corner you will see a little label saying Javi. It can also been seen around all souls church on Astley Street where more of the art work is! Any chance the artist tag could prove who it is behind these drawings!
If you walk around the corner you will see a little label saying Javi. It can also been seen around all souls church on Astley Street where more of the art work is! Any chance the artist tag could prove who it is behind these drawings! Dannielle123

12:45pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Told you so.
Told you so. Beyond News Forum

12:52pm Wed 8 Jan 14

oftbewildered2 says...

whoever it is, he (or she) has talent - if you have it, flaunt it.
whoever it is, he (or she) has talent - if you have it, flaunt it. oftbewildered2

8:54pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Willshea says...

How is that talent. It isn't even supposed to be a rose. It's supposed to be a law print from the rat. This copy is garbage.
How is that talent. It isn't even supposed to be a rose. It's supposed to be a law print from the rat. This copy is garbage. Willshea

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