Banksy confirms Reading Prison mural.

Posted: 23rd March 2021

Banksy has confirmed that he is the artist behind the street art mural that appeared on the wall of Reading Prison.

The elusive artist confirmed the work was his via an Instagram video.

The video is a parody of an art tutorial by fellow artist, Bob Ross.

The artwork attracted crowds of people as they began to speculate about whether or not it could be the real thing.

The painting depicts a man escaping from the prison by tied-together bedsheets. It’s believed that the man in the picture is Oscar Wilde, who was jailed in the prison for ‘gross indecency’.

It’s thought that his latest installation may be in support of Reading Borough Council’s bid to turn the prison into an arts and heritage site – a move that has already been backed by a number of stars.

It featured a typewriter at the bottom, but this has now been covered up and the words “Team Robbo” appear below.

Robbo was a graffiti artist who died in 2014. He had been in a long-running feud with Banksy.

The rivalry began in 2009 when Bristol-based Banksy painted over one of Robbo’s tags next to Regent’s Canal in Camden, which dated from 1985.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ), which owns Reading Prison, said it was aware of the situation but would not be commenting further.

A man, who security staff at the prison said was a member of the public, was spotted trying to clean the latest graffiti from the wall at about 11:30 GMT.

The word “Robbo” has since disappeared.


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