Twitter’s latest theory claims that Art Attack’s Neil Buchanan is the street artist known as Banksy but is the claim too good to be true?
The internet and social media regularly offer up some weird and wonderful theories, many of them appearing much more genuine than others.
One of the biggest mysteries of recent times has been the identity of the street artist known as Banksy and new suggestions over who the graffitist might be are always emerging.
The wild rumour in question purports that former Art Attack presenter, Neil Buchanan, is actually the man known as Banksy.
But just where has this bizarre new theory come from, how much truth is there in the rumours? Is Neil Buchanan being Banksy just fake news?
Social media theory claims Neil Buchanan is Banksy
That’s right, a new theory to emerge on social media claims that former Art Attack presenter, Neil Buchanan could well be the mysterious street artist known as Banksy.
Neil Buchanan, 58, is best known for his 17-year stint as the presenter of CITV’s Art Attack programme and he also served as a presenter on ITV’s Finders Keepers between 1991 and 1996.
As well as presenting on TV, Neil Buchanan is also a member of the heavy metal band Marseille, which was active on-and-off between 1976 and 2012.
The rumour that Buchanan could be Banksy appears to stem from a Twitter account by the name of @ScouseMan_ which states:
“Just heard that it’s rumoured Neil Buchanan is Banksy. If true, it’s the funniest s*** ever. Aintree’s finest.
He’s a musician and art has followed in the cities of shows he’s done allegedly.
This is straight in the believe without question category .
Social media reacts to the theory
It hasn’t taken long for the wild theory to spread across social media with many, particularly those who grew up watching Art Attack, being quite happy to accept that Neil Buchanan is indeed Banksy.
“I’m not even going to look any further into this,” one Twitter user wrote, “I’m taking this tweet at face value and telling everyone Neil Buchanan is Banksy now.”
While another added: “Heard the rumour that Banksy is Neil Buchanan and I need no evidence or proof or substance to it, it’s absolutely the only thing I’m choosing to believe this year.”
And finally, this Twitter fan pleaded: “The best rumour I’ve heard in years is that Neil Buchanan might be Banksy. Please can this be true!”
Could Neil Buchanan really be Banksy?
It’s safe to say that the ‘Neil Buchanan is Banksy’ theory is extremely far-fetched but we can definitely agree that it’d be a pleasant surprise if it turned out to be true.
The claim that Banksy artwork has followed Buchanan’s heavy metal band is backed up by the Manchester Evening News, which reports that Banksy artwork was indeed found around the time of Marseille shows in Glasgow and Camden.
However, in 2016, the Independent reported that Banksy’s real identity is, in fact, a man by the name of Robin Gunningham, who originated from Bristol.
The report states that researchers at the Queen Mary University of London utilised geographic profiling, a technique to catch serial killers, to identify Gunningham as the man behind Banksy.
To this day, however, Banksy has never come forward to officially reveal their identity and so theories about the artist’s identity are unlikely to go away any time soon.