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Spotted: Banksy in Hampshire

A Banksy-style mural of a kite-flying boy has appeared in Winchester, sparking local excitement. But who is the mysterious artist?

Local socials were buzzing about a potential Banksy work spotted in Hampshire on Mother’s Day. The mural of a rainbow kite flying boy appeared on a footpath by the Handlebar café in the St. Catherine’s Hill area of Winchester.

Banksy style street art Winchester
Pic: Instagram, @hendog_art

The Banksy style street art piece was so convincing that it made national headlines. But soon after, it was claimed by a fellow anonymous street artist @hendog_art.

Rather sweetly, the mystery artist wrote on his Instagram page: “To all the mums, I left a little surprise at the @handlebarcafe for you happy Mother’s Day. You really deserve it ❤️.” Awww.

We can totally see why locals have a lot of love for the piece. Plenty have rushed to praise it on the artist’s Insta post. When and where will the mystery Winchester painter strike next?

The last time a bona fide Banksy piece appeared in Hampshire was his ‘Game Changer’ painting depicting a superhero nurse. It appeared in Southampton Hospital in 2020.

A gorgeous tribute and one of his most impactful works to-date, the work is now being auctioned to raise funds for the NHS. Bravo, Banksy.

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