06 September 2020 18:54
The Daily Star's FREE newsletter is spectacular! Sign up today for the best stories straight to your inbox Sign up today! Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Wild rumours that the true identity of guerrilla artist Banksy is none other than children's entertainment legend Neil Buchanan have gathered pace online. Online theories have suggested that the 58-year-old Art Attack legend is the mysterious hooded genius behind works of art that have popped up around the world. While rumours that the children's TV legend could be the mastermind of Banksy's street art have circulated for years, theories went up a gear this weekend.
On Friday, a Liverpudlian Twitter user thew fuel on the fire by suggesting the rumours could be true – with responses to the claim only seeming to endorse the theory. The Twitter user wrote: "Just heard that it's rumoured Neil Buchanan is Banksy. If true, it's the funniest s*** ever. Aintree's finest." (Image: Glen Copus) The Twitter user explained the rationale behind the rumour, stating: "He's a musician and art has followed in the cities of shows he's done allegedly." And they went on to claim that this thin evidence was enough to convince them, adding: "This is straight in the believe without question category." One respondent claimed to have once witnessed Banksy carrying out some of his guerrilla art making, tweeting: "In the late nineties/early noughties, someone pointed Banksy out to me at the Notting Hill Arts Club. I also saw him doing a stencil outside my flat in Hoxton at around the same time (hood up)." (Image: Nationals_Digital/Banksy) They alluded to the mystery surrounding Banksy's true identity, writing: "Could I pick him out of a line-up?
Absolutely not." However, this reply only encouraged the original tweeter, who highlighted: "So you wouldn't deny that it's Neil even though you've seen Banksy?? This is big." One follower suggested that the clue to Neil being Banksy was hiding in plain sight all along – with hours of footage within episodes of Art Attack seemingly acting as a prelude to his mysterious public art works. (Image: GETTY IMAGES) The Twitter user argued: "Interesting…Neil Buchanan WAS known for his big outdoor pieces utilising multimedia props and items to craft uncanny replicas." They added the artist would also occasionally be seen in his sketches: "getting chased down by a perturbed member of authority who he supposedly 'borrowed' the materials from." Meanwhile, further evidence can be found by retracing the steps of Neil and his rock band, Marseille. The artist has played guitar in the group since the 1970s – once playing at the Garage in Glasgow back in 2010. (Image: ITV) A Banksy artwork was discovered on a wall near the iconic music venue on Sauchiehall Street, a stones throw from where Neil once performed. The band also played the Roundhouse in Camden, London, just around the corner from one of Banksy's most famous artworks. However the dates between the Marseille gigs and the artworks appearing have not always correlated to support theories that the artist nipped out between sets to stencil away and leave his mark. The Liverpool Echo newsletter brings you the big stories about our amazing city Sign me up Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Neil Buchanan was one of the most well known children's TV stars as he helped a generation fall in love with art. Neil, from Aintree, was at the helm of CITV show Art Attack from 1990 until the show went off air in 2007. He was known for his enthusiastic manner and helped teach children how to draw, paint and even do a bit of sculpture over a mammoth 500 episodes. But after the show ended he disappeared into the ether and took up a very surprising career. Neil, now 58, decided to go back to performing in a heavy metal band he'd set up in his youth called Marseille. The band had some success in the 70s, touring America, playing alongside Judas Priest, Nazareth and Whitesnake. They released four albums and six singles before their management company went bust and Neil ended up on the dole in Huyton. Receive newsletters with the latest news, sport and what's on updates from the Liverpool ECHO by signing up here. In 2009 the band resurrected and played The Cavern in their hometown of Liverpool. Speaking to the ECHO at the time about the band getting back together Neil said: ""When we got together it was like the old days. We decided it would be great to play live again. Sadly Paul couldn't do it, but we've got a new singer, Nigel Roberts, who we're really pleased with." Keep up to date with local news in your area by adding your postcode below The band then recorded and released a new album - appropriately called Unfinished Business. Since then Neil's website says he's "surpassed his lifelong ambition to create a cartoon character for Disney when they acquired the rights to his Art Attack format". And that he now "spends most of his time painting and exhibiting his own art and photography." Speaking to the Independent earlier this year Neil said he is inspired by nostalgia, cityscapes and wildlife. His most recent work is a colourful portrait series entitled The Hat Collection, which was influenced by his daughter. He said: "The biggest accolade for me is when someone hangs a piece of my work on their mantelpiece, That's the big honour."