Margate wall painting confirmed as piece by street artist Banksy

The Banksy art work in Margate Photo Frank Leppard

A piece of art which appeared on the wall of a property in Margate this week has been confirmed as the work of street artist and political activist Banksy.

The painting, which is in Park Place (rear of Grosvenor Place, near Margate fire station), is a comment on domestic violence and shows a 50s-style housewife suffering a swollen shut eye, shoving, presumably, her husband into a dumped chest freezer.

Photo Frank Leppard

The art work has now appeared on the Banksy Instagram account with the title Valentine’s Day Mascara.

Banksy Instagram account

It is proving a draw for curious residents who have been to see the work – which has a different chair by the freezer- and artist Pete Brown who has been capturing the scene on canvas.

Photo Frank Leppard

Banksy’s stencils feature striking and, often darkly 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.

Photo Frank Leppard

The works are highly valuable with several selling for millions of pounds.

This isn’t Banksy’s first visit to Margate. In November 2013 he visited an open day at Dreamland arranged by people including Thanet artist Dan Thompson to mark the park’s move to public ownership.

Photo Frank Leppard

He left a tag on the park comment wall which is now owned by the Dreamland Heritage Trust.

Photo Louis McLaren

In 2015 he went on to create art project Dismaland in Weston-super-Mare in Somerset.

Banksy visited Margate in 2013 Photo Dan Thompson

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

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