Recognise his work? Don't Bank on it. . .
PUBLISHED: 17:29 25 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:33 12 August 2010
STENCIL graffiti thought to be the valuable work of international street artist Banksy was actually created by one of his contemporaries, the Times can reveal. The painted works of a baby holding balloons and a girl spraying graffiti are daubed on an in
STENCIL graffiti thought to be the valuable work of international street artist Banksy was actually created by one of his contemporaries, the Times can reveal.
The painted works of a baby holding balloons and a girl spraying graffiti are daubed on an inconspicuous metal box on the Denvale Trade Centre in Cray Avenue, Orpington, and bear a striking resemblance to pieces by the mysterious and controversial Bristol virtuoso.
Works by the twilight guerrilla artist can sell for hundreds of thousands of pounds and are collected by celebrities including Angelina Jolie and Christina Aguilera. But... this is not one of them. The pieces were actually created by an artist called Redlock.
He was one of the artists involved in The Cans Festival organised by Banksy last April in a half-mile stretch of tunnel in Leake Street, Waterloo.
The art - or vandalism depending on your point of view - has mystified passers-by who are intrigued as to whether it could be an original. A shop worker at The Plumb Center, just opposite the graffiti, said: "There's been a bit of a fuss about it, some people have come in and asked if it is real. I knew it wasn't a real Banksy.
"There isn't a signature on it."
Another piece by Redlock adorns the wall of a dry cleaners just outside St Mary Cray station.
It is signed by him and is a more colourful version of the little girl found in Orpington, except in the St Mary Cray piece she has daubed an Anarchy symbol.
Another, of a chimp sitting down clutching a bottle of wine, is sprayed near Chatham
From one angle it looks like he is in jail because of the railings.
Bromley council weren't available to comment. To see more of Redlock's creations search for Redlock on www.flickr.com.