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14th Feb 2023

Banksy returns with new Valentine’s Day artwork highlighting domestic violence

Charlie Herbert

Banksy shared the work on their Instagram page on Valentine’s Day

Banksy has confirmed that a piece of artwork in Margate highlighting the issue of domestic violence does indeed belong to them.

The work, entitled ‘Valentine’s Day mascara’ depicts a stereotypical 1950s housewife with a black eye and a missing tooth, closing the lid of a discarded freezer, with a pair of legs poking out from the other side.

It appeared earlier this week along Grosvenor Place near Margate Fire Station, causing speculation that it was a piece belonging to the famous artist.

The secretive stenciller has now confirmed that it is their work, by posting a picture of the art on their Instagram page on Tuesday (February 14).

The title is a play on the infamous Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, when seven gang members and associates were killed at a Chicago garage on February 14, 1929.

The Bristol-born artist is known across the world for their unique graffiti-style work seen from London to New York and even their hometown.

But ever since coming onto the scene in the 1990s, the artist’s identity has remained a secret, with even their gender still a mystery.

Last year, a clip reemerged of a 2003 ITV interview with a man who claimed to be Banksy.

If this was indeed the artist, this is thought to be the last time they appeared on camera.

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