The potential Banksy artwork that appeared on the wall of the former prison in Reading, Berkshire, UK. TNS
Gulf Today Report
It looks like famously anonymous street artist Banksy is back again, doing what he does best — clandestinely painting graffiti.
A piece of art possibly painted by Banksy has appeared overnight on the Reading Prison wall.
In the early hours of Monday (March 1) morning, the artwork was spotted on the side of the institution that closed in 2014.
It shows a man dressed in a striped prisoner’s uniform escaping on a knotted rope made of bed sheets and tied to a typewriter.
Some have speculated that the man is meant to represent Irish poet Oscar Wilde, who was imprisoned at the jail from 1895 to 1897 on charges of gross indecency with other men.
Following his release from the prison, Wilde wrote the poem “The Ballad of Reading Gaol,” which dwelled on the rigid Victorian penal system.
A campaign was recently launched to save the Grade II listed building from being made into a housing complex, and instead wants it to be converted into an arts hub.
‘Guerrilla artist’ Banksy is yet to credit the painting to himself.
Experts however believe it contains all the hallmarks of a ‘Banksy.’
The artist is best known for his graffiti artwork, which often serves as social commentary.
The painting by the elusive artist, titled "Game Changer", first appeared at Southampton General Hospital on England's south coast, during the first wave of the global health crisis last May.
British street artist Banksy has lost a two-year trademark battle with a greetings card company over his 'Flower Thrower' graffiti work after EU officials said his anonymity meant he couldn't be identified as the owner.
The piece, which is a mischievous recreation of Monet’s famous ‘Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lillies,’ is set to become one of the street artist’s most expensive works.
Hayat Shamsuddin has worked with entities ranging from Emirates Airlines and Boston Consulting Group to Dubai Economic Department, Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, and Dubai Culture and Arts Authority.
“Dune’ tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, must travel to Arrakis — the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people.
Eman AlHashimi is the first UAE female composer in orchestra and music soundtrack. AlHashimi has also published six books so far.