Archive for Banksy

Banksy reaching new heights

Posted in arty farty, Banksy, Collage, Graffiti, observation, Off The Wall, Walk with tags , , , , , on August 18, 2016 by lkthayer

DSCF9030eA one in a million chance that I stopped my car almost at the top of the Cheddar Gorge to get out and stretch my legs with a short scramble up the side of the rock face only to find the fading weathered words of a Banksy stencil “This is not a photo opportunity”. Also just below where I was standing, I saw two women climbing the rock face. I have blended a snap of one of the ladies with the Banksy snap to make this image…. Not tooooooo cheesy I hope…… And how did Banksy know I would one day bring my camera to this very spot?

Snap collage & comment by Mitch Hicks

Go West

Posted in Artwork, arty farty, Banksy, Graffiti, observation, Off The Wall, Street Art with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2016 by lkthayer

DSCF9296dStik ~ Nelson Street, Bristol


Sadly the Grim Reaper by Banksy in the top left side of the collage having been removed from the hull of the Thekla, now hangs inside the Bristol Life Gallery in the M Shed Museum, Bristol. John D’oh adds much humour with fracking good artwork! Local Bristol artist Cheo adds a buzz with his trademark bee!


Snaps and comment by Mitch Hicks, from a 3 day trip going west

Who painted Francis Bacon? No not Banksy!!

Posted in Artwork, arty farty, Banksy, Buildings, Head, London, observation, Off The Wall, Street Art with tags , , , , on May 15, 2016 by lkthayer



Another by chance discovery… I was on my way to visit Christie’s auction house to see the upcoming sale of artwork by Stik.  I noticed this unlikely mural painted in posh Kensington by Jony Midnight from June 2015.  Not untill I got home from a busy day traveling around London exploring art in Kensington, Croydon, Forest Hill and Homerton did I find out that Francis Bacon lived in this expensive mews. I also noticed that the orignal mural did not have the figure of Francis Bacon featured at all… So who added the monochrome Francis Bacon….. Has Banksy been up to his old tricks?  

Snaps & comment by Mitch Hicks

Saatchi to Missing Banksy

Posted in Artwork, arty farty, Banksy, Buildings, Collage, London, observation, Off The Wall with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2016 by lkthayer

Below are snaps taken from a trip to the Saatchi Gallery on 15th February 2016. Such is the amazing amount of diverse talented female artists currently being featured under three banners in the gallery: Champagne Life ~ RevelationsXX: A Moment in Time.  I have also added a collage snap I made using the outside of the building opposite the French Embassy in knightsbridge.  Banksy recently used this building for his now missing artwork depicting his distaste for the treatment of tear gassing refugees camped around Calais. All traces of the Bansky artwork have now been removed and new hoardings plus a coat of cream paint has been added.  Rather than show you that, I have placed some of my own snaps taken during the London trip to include more artwork seen inside the Saatchi Gallery and one from Tooting.



DSCF2211eAlice Anderson

DSCF2072Jelena Bulatic

DSCF2065b Jerusalem Donkey ~  Mia Feuer ~ Champagne Life ~ Julia Wachtel

DSCF2136bMimi S

DSCF2058cAnd yes there was once a Banksy here

Snaps & comment by Mitch Hicks


Not quite Banksy on a rainy day!

Posted in arty farty, Banksy, Collage, Landscape, London, observation, Off The Wall, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on August 16, 2015 by lkthayer


The above snap was taken on 13th  August 2015,  from the artwork of James Oliver I saw on display outside the closed Rise Gallery on a rainy day in Croydon. I was so gutted not to see the Banksy exhibition that was showing in the Rise Gallery that should have been open! Not sure why it was closed on the day of my visit…… But on a plus side I did get to see the funny surreal art of James Oliver screwed onto the outside wall of the gallery. Just what would Claude Monet make of this???? For more info on the art of James Oliver and the Rise Gallery click:

Snaps and comment by Mitch Hicks


Banksy or Dotmaster…….. Hmmmmm?

Posted in Artwork, arty farty, Banksy, Collage, Graffiti, Hmmmmm..., London, observation, Off The Wall with tags , , , on March 1, 2015 by lkthayer


One for you to ponder over????

Two snaps taken in Camden and blended by Mitch Hicks

Stealing Banksy?

Posted in Artwork, arty farty, Banksy, Buildings, Graffiti, observation, Off The Wall, Pub with tags , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2014 by lkthayer



I thought of stealing Banksy,
I figured, what the fuck?
I bought myself some cutting shears,
and rented me a truck*…


Just had to add the above email Alexis sent me! Love it Alexis!

Steal or sale of the century… Your choice

The largest collection of Banksy artwork to be sold has been shown this weekend at the ME Hotel, on The Strand, London. 

Should street art be taken off the streets and sold? I found this statement on LDN GRAFFITI 

Stealing Banksy?

Statement by Tony Baxter – Director, The Sincura Group

“The Sincura Group are the London based company commissioned with the removal and sale of Banksy Street Art which has caused a great deal of controversy over the years. As a company we would like the opportunity to represent our case.

Firstly it should be noted that the Sincura Group do not steal art nor do we condone any acts of wanted vandalism or theft. We do not own the pieces of art, have never approached anyone to remove any artwork, or encourage its removal. To date have made no financial gain from the sale of street art.

The Sincura Group are approached by building owners to remove the artwork illegally painted on their sites. The building owners have not asked for the art to be placed on their premises or for the on-going attention received from it. What’s more, they run the very real risk of having a grade 2 listing applied to their premises which seriously affects their business operations and resale value. Though loved by the public these are often a hindrance to the building owners.

On an art front the council place plastic covers over the artworks in an attempt to protect them. The truth of the matter is that the placing of this cover increases the degradation of the pieces – with increased bacteria buildup and the inability for the wall to breath underneath. Many of these pieces are on the brink of being lost forever before being assigned to us to bring them back to life.

Having been approached by a building owner we explain the social implication of the removal, and only once satisfied that the piece will be removed with or without our assistance do we agree to manage the piece. We ensure the piece is legally owned, and ensure the salvage, restoration and sale is carried out in a professional and sympathetic manner. We use the world’s leading experts to carry out this highly skilled work. This is performed independently of The Sincura Group, with us neither being involved in, nor benefit financially from, this process.

We encourage the owners to make charitable donations to the community from where the artwork originated – to the extent where 100% of the profits from the sale of ‘No Ball Games’ is being given back to a local charity.

It should also be noted that in the case of our consignment to the piece ‘Slave Labour’ we had no involvement in its removal. It was only through huge expenses and time that we uncovered the true story behind the piece, with it being in America and a private sale agreed to a private collector, removing it from the public eye forever. We were the only company to have the gumption to seek these answers and negotiate an opportunity to bring it back to the UK to show it to the public one final time and try to find a buyer in its natural home. The only way for a buyer to come forwards was to announce the show to the press and open our company up to a torrent of abuse we received. But without our intervention this piece would have been lost forever.

Prior to our annual sale we exhibit the pieces in their fully restored states – with the opportunity for anyone from the public to attend and view the pieces. Though we do sell tickets for these viewings, the ticket cost goes towards the exhibition costs from security and insurance to transportation and setup. We make no profit from the sale of tickets and ensure a charitable donation is made for each ticket sold.

Though we cannot govern the final destination or owner of the pieces when they go to sale, we do vet all buyers to ensure they are ethically sound. By having a record of the sales we can track the pieces and maintain their whereabouts.

It should be noted that we are art lovers and fully appreciate these beautiful pieces and the artistic skills and merits of Banksy. Though our actions may take the pieces out of the public view, our actions also ensure the longevity of the artworks and that they will remain alive forever”.

Tony Baxter
Director, The Sincura Group

A good honest reply on this matter can be found on this link

Thank you Joe from LDN GRAFFITI for all the info I read on your  London Graffiti blog and for all the work you have done on the Stealing Banksy event?  .. Cheers… Mitch