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Wednesday 24 July 2019

Is Banksy a woman? The latest theory on the identity of the world's most famous street artist

Banksy's works are much in demand
Banksy's works are much in demand
A piece of street art attributed to Banksy titled "The Girl with the Pierced Eardrum" is seen after it was defaced in an alleyway in Bristol, western England (REUTERS/Andrew Winning)
The mural appeared this week in Clacton-on-Sea but the council, which said it did not know it was a Banksy piece, removed it following a complaint.
A security guard stands next to a mural called Art Buff created by street artist Banksy which appeared in Folkestone
"Rapper Rat" by street artist Banksy is pictured at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California
Banksy images will make any room more interesting
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Ever since Banksy's rise to prominence in the late 90s and early noughties, people have been attempting to discover the artist's identity.

Now, in advance of a HBO documentary, Banksy Does New York, airing on November 17, Atlantic City Lab suggests the artist is not a man, but a woman.

In all interviews and articles and supposed biographies of the artist, Banksy is referred to as 'he' but Atlantic City Lab suggests there are several reasons why Banksy could be a woman.

They argue, "Compared to the highly visible work of Invader or Fairey or dozens of other high-profile street artists, Banksy's work is different.

"Girls and women figure into Banksy's stenciled figures, for starters, something that isn't true of 99 percent of street art."

They also point out that most street artists - men - reference themselves constantly, writing their name or their message over and over and over, whilst Banksy offers something different.

"Banksy's work has always done more than project "Banksy" ad nauseum," they write. "(In fact, a "handling service" called Pest Control exists to authenticate Banksy's protean projects.)

"Banksy's graffiti understands and predicates a relationship between the viewer and the street, something that graffiti that merely shouts the artist's name or icon over and over (and over and over) doesn't do."

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