Banksy paints rat on the set of “The Outlaws”. 10 November 2021

“We can confirm that the artwork at the end of The Outlaws was an original Banksy, and that Christopher Walken painted over that artwork during the filming of this scene, ultimately destroying it,” a spokesperson for the BBC said.

The show is written and directed by Bristolian comedian Stephen Merchant and is filmed in Bristol.

From BBC’s website:

“The Outlaws, written and directed by Stephen Merchant, stars Hollywood veteran Walken as one of a group of minor criminals refurbishing a building for their community service. The last episode sees his character uncover the Banksy rat and two spray cans behind some wooden boards, and ask his supervisor if he should paint over it. The probation officer is looking the other way so doesn’t realise it’s a Banksy and tells him all graffiti must be painted over, which he does.” https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-59236187

The collaboration was confirmed the same day by @banksygrossdomesticproduct, one of Banksy’s three instagram accounts, the others being @banksy, and @walledoffhotel

“¡¡Achoo!!” in Bristol. 10 December 2020.

There had been some buzz before the piece appeared on the Banksy website http://www.banksy.co.uk on 10 December around 17h. A few hours later it was published on the official instagram account, @banksy.

Photographs: http://www.banksy.co.uk

The Guardian commented the artwork a few hours later:

The owners of a house in Bristol have apparently pulled out of the sale of the property after a Banksy piece appeared on the wall. On Thursday, the anonymous street artist confirmed he was behind the artwork showing an older woman sneezing out her false teeth, which has appeared on a semi-detached house in steep Vale Street, Totterdown. The stencil mural, Aachoo!!”, had been covered up before its unveiling on Thursday morning. It shows a woman in a headscarf holding a handkerchief but dropping her walking stick and handbag as she loses her dentures while sneezing.

Vale Street is England’s steepest residential street – its 22-degree slope used during annual Easter Sunday egg-rolling competitions. ITV News West Country spoke to the owners of the house, which had a sold sign up outside, and were told they have pulled out of the sale. They were due to exchange contracts next week but the artwork could see the value of their house rocket.

Nicholas Makin, whose mother Aileen owns the property, said people had been climbing over the house to get a better look at the new piece. He told ITV News West Country that his mother was distressed by the attention and they will take time to consider what to do next.

Fred Loosmore, 28, a furniture maker who until recently rented a room in the house, told the PA Media news agency he had put a clear covering over it for protection. “We wanted to come up because people will deface it, and luckily we’ve got a workshop and a massive piece of acrylic we’ve got left over,” he said.

“When we lived here so many people would come, especially on bikes and stuff because they were trying to do the challenge up the hills. It’s a great spot. The artwork is so nice. It’s so relevant, isn’t it?”

From the Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/dec/10/bansky-confirms-he-created-aachoo-artwork-in-bristol

New piece in Bristol: Girl with slingshot and a bursting balloon. 14 February 2020

Banksy went back to his origins in Barton Hill for Valentine’s Day. And the girl with the heartshaped balloon is also back, but this time with a slingshot in her hand.

20200214 - SA - UK - Bristol - Girl w slingshot and balloon - Banksy instagram.png

20200214 - SA - UK - Bristol - Detail of Girl w slingshot and balloon - Banksy instagram.png
Photograph: Banksy’s Instagram

A few days later Banksy published the sketches:

In his own words:

“I’m kind of glad the piece in Barton Hill got vandalised.
The initial sketch was a lot better..”

 

Banksy comments on Brexit fiasco. 28 March 2019

20190328 - Original - Monkey Parlament - Banksy Instagram.png

“Monkey Parliament” was originally exhibited at the “Banksy vs Bristol Museum” in the summer of 2009. The show attracted over 300,000 visitors and was the most visited art exhibition in the UK that year.

The piece is one of Banksy’s largest oil paintings, 4 meters by 2.5 meters. The artwork is on display once again at Bristol Museum for 6 months, from the 28 March to the 1 September 2019.