The former Art Attack presenter Neil Buchanan has been forced to deny that he is Banksy after a Twitter user claimed to have uncovered the mysterious artist’s identity.
Speculation on social media began when Twitter user Scouseman claimed that: “Just heard that it’s rumoured Neil Buchanan is Banksy. If true, it’s the funniest shit ever. Aintree’s finest.” There is no proof that this tweet has any legitimacy behind it but Buchanan has felt compelled to issue a denial nonetheless.”
“He’s a musician and art has followed in the cities of shows he’s done allegedly,” Scouseman’s tweet continued. “This is straight in the believe without question category,” he playfully added
Now a statement posted on Buchanan’s official website has been issued which attempts to shut down the story, stating: “Neil Buchanan is NOT Banksy.”
“We have been inundated with enquiries over the weekend regarding the current social media story,” the statement adds. “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,” it reads.
One theory that was legitimised by Goldie when he spoke to Scroobius Pip for his Distraction Pieces podcast, Goldie was heard referring to Banksy as “Rob” which added fuel to the fire of a theory that already seemed to make sense that the mysterious artist was Rob Del Naja from Massive Attack.
“No disrespect to [Rob/Robert], I think he is a brilliant artist,” the DJ said. “I think he has flipped the world of art over.”