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Banksy Unveils New Brexit Mural

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The anonymous street artist's new Dover painting is causing quite a stir.

The enigmatic king of the underground Banksy has made his feelings on Brexit clear with his latest enormous painting. Depicting a man busy at work chiselling a star off the European Union flag, this three-story-high stencilled work is one of Banksy's largest ever UK street pieces.

The Kent-based painting was revealed via Banksy's official Instagram along with the simple caption 'Dover, England'. The artist also posted a rough pencil sketch of the design afterwards. The images have garnered a combined total of over 200k likes.

Already, despite being less than a week old, the mural is at the centre of a controversial dispute with the building's owners who are reportedly looking to sell it off privately. When asked by the BBC the family said:

"We are exploring options for the retention, removal or sale of the [Dover} piece. We will look to benefit local charities with proceeds from any sale of the piece".

The Gooden family, who have a large property portfolio in Kent, have been embroiled in a Banksy related feud before when the artist painted an image on another of their properties. This time it was the Folkstone stencil of an elderly woman staring at an empty plinth, which was disputed in court.

The piece in question, titled 'Art Buff', was removed from its wall and flown to the US before being returned back to Kent.

It remains to be seen what will happen to this latest Brexit work. The local council are watching the wall 24 hours a day on CCTV to ensure that it doesn't fall victim to any criminal behaviour.

Meanwhile, In our Brighton gallery, we have a number of works from artists who have been inspired by Banksy or worked with the artist. Ben Eine and Pure Evil have both been closely involved in working with the mysterious artist, helping to create his sought after prints in the early days. While the like of Eelus, Copyright, RYCA and Thristy Bstrd have all cited Banksy as an influence in their work. Be sure to pop in the gallery to view all work in person!

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