There are some conspiracy theories that you just want to be true. Like this one, which found a new lease on life this weekend and left social media wondering: Could Neil Buchanan, host of the popular UK kid’s craft show Art Attack be the world-famous street artist Banksy?
This tweet got the rumour mill spinning.
Over the years there has been much speculation and many theories put forward about the true identity of Banksy, but none more entertaining than this gem. Imagine if the goofy host of a Children’s TV arts and craft show being the true identity of the art genius who many experts agree is the defining artist of our generation.
Art Attack is a long-running TV show which aired on TV from 1990 to 2007 with Buchanan its longtime host. While the show originated in the UK, it was extremely popular and was broadcast internationally.
2020 has been a landmark year for conspiracy theories, but sadly there is no truth to this one.
After getting wind of the theory, Buchanan took to his own website to make certain NOBODY would mistake him for Banksy. in a statement, he wrote:
Neil Buchanan is NOT Banksy.
PLEASE NOTE: We have been inundated with enquiries over the weekend regarding the current social media story. Unfortunately this website does not have the infrastructure to answer all these enquiries individually, however we can confirm that there is no truth in the rumour whatsoever.
Neil spent Lockdown with vulnerable members of his family and is now preparing to launch his new art collection in 2021.
Thank you and please stay safe.
But on second thought, he does appear to be protesting the claim a little too hard. I mean, what artist wouldn’t want to be mistaken for Banksy?
Daniel is a Melbourne-based multimedia journalist with international experience as an editor, producer, designer and artist at some of Australasia’s biggest newsrooms. A longtime commentator and reporter on internet culture, he now journals his observations on digital life and counterculture for Boldly.