Could it be a Banksy? Brilliant art work appears in Margate

The street art has appeared on a Margate wall Photo Amy Richardson

An unusual piece of art has appeared on the wall of a property in Margate.

The painting shows a 50s-style housewife suffering a swollen shut eye, shoving, presumably, her husband/partner into a dumped chest freezer, off Grosvenor Place.

Questions have been raised on social media over who the artist could be, with some suggesting street artist and political activist Banksy.

Photo Frank Leppard

Amy Richardson, who lives nearby, photographed the art work and said she first saw it this morning after a broadband van was driven away from the spot.

Banksy’s stencils feature striking and humorous images occasionally combined with slogans. The message is usually anti-war, anti-capitalist or anti-establishment. He displays his art on publicly visible surfaces such as walls and self-built physical prop pieces. His work has appeared at locations world-wide.

A Brexit comment piece by the artist painted in Dover in 2017 depicted a man on a ladder chipping away at one of the EU flag stars. Sadly, this was painted over.

Photo Sean Bicknell

The image does not yet, however, appear on the Banksy Instagram site, making it possible that it is the work of another artist.

A number of artists were in Margate at the end of last year creating public art on buildings as part of the Rise Up Residency. Seventeen local and international artists created street art in a bid to raise awareness of ocean conservation and the issues caused by plastic in and around our coastline.

Whitstable artist Catman also creates street art in a similar style.

Photos: Rise Up Residency artists at work across Margate

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Margate wall painting confirmed as piece by street artist Banksy


  1. Doesn’t look like a Banksy, just a rip off. It’s not making any kind of statement. Whilst Banksy uses the props he finds in situ his images are more than just visual humour. Not even sure this is funny though, more just a bit of fun.

  2. Great piece of Art but a reflection of dreadful Council practice. Only TDC could leave an alleyway uncleared and resembling a Third World country. ALLEYWAYS are meant to be clear otherwise they are not an alleyway.

  3. Why do people straight away assume any piece is Banksy?
    Or use the phrase “Banksy style”
    There are a shed tonne of artists that use this stencil style, and Banksy is by no means the first by any stretch.
    It’s just lazy, do some research.

    • Because if you read it properly, and not half ass it, was confirm on his Instagram page you. Jesus Christ you need to chill.

  4. If it’s Banksy or not it’s a brilliant piece which has a message which is quite obvious. Back in the 50’s lots of women were housewife’s. The piece speaks a housewife breaking the mould and standing up for herself after suffering abuse. Though humorous the message is deep from the past but also translates in today. Anyone’s got a problem with the piece I’ll do you a deal… I’ll pressure wash everything around it for free.

  5. Reading on another kent online ‘paper’ that’s the same one on broadstairs.

    Either that or someone has their facts wrong !

  6. It has been confirmed in the Guardian as a Banksy.
    Interesting work, I’m sure Andrew Tate will approve 🌝

    I’d be surprised if the money made from the sale of this doesn’t go to woman’s charity or even improving the area.

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