Just in time for the holiday weekend, a tantalizing new analysis of the trail left behind by anonymous street artist Banksy.
Under the headline “Early Glasgow Banksy Work Could Be Key to Artist’s True Identity,” British journalist Craig Williams on Thursday shared his theory via the the website Glasgow Live. The article has been quickly picked up by the Daily Mail, the New York Post, Time and other outlets.
Williams found a high level of correlation between concert performances and other activities by the group Massive Attack and Banksy flashpoints. He theorizes that Banksy could also in fact be more than one person, led by band member and former graffiti artist Robert Del Naja. From his piece:
In 2006, Massive Attack embarked on a U.S. tour which saw them play in Berkeley,Calif., on September 22 and the famous Hollywood Bowl venue, Los Angeles, on September 24. These concerts were the week after Banksy held his “Barely Legal” exhibition in the Los Angeles area over the weekend of September 15 to 17.
Fast forward two years to 2008, and Banksy returned to the U.S. to produce 14 stencils throughout New Orleans marking the upcoming third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Del Naja wrote the soundtrack alongside fellow Massive Attack member Neil Davidge to the New Orleans-themed documentary Trouble the Water. The film received its New Orleans premiere on August 17 that year – the same time, almost to the day, that the stencils appeared.
Williams must be having fun watching all the pick-ups of his article. His Twitter account, at press time, contains no mention or conversation about this clever theorizing. Del Naja has previously denied he is connected to Banksy.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Banksy Posts; New Yorkers Show Up
Screen grab via: glasgowlive.co.uk