Artist Plans to Paint Over £500k Banksy

By Gary Cutlack on at

A rare case of double madness is affecting artist Ron English, who was mad enough to pay over £500,000 for an original Banksy that was sawn off the wall of a Poundland – and his plan now is to paint over it. This is part art, and part protest.

English says he's doing it because he's fed up of the way the art world is continually cutting off lumps of buildings in order to sell graffiti and stencil artworks designed for the streets to rich collectors, with this particular piece – known as Slave Labour and apparently raging against overseas labour being used to create cheap Olympic merchandise – coming from a Poundland wall in London.

He explained: "I'm going to paint it white again, I'm done. This is a blow for street art. It shouldn't be bought and sold. I'm going to paint over it and just include it in one of the walls in my house. We're tired of people stealing our stuff off the streets and re-selling it so I'm just going to buy everything I can get my hands on and whitewash it."

He added that he's then going to sell it later for a million dollars, as apparently putting two arts on one lump of wall doubles the value. Making loads of money isn't a metaphor for anything, though, it's just nice. [ITV]