A stunning artwork which has suddenly appeared on a wall in Birmingham is thought to be the latest piece from elusive graffiti artist Banksy .
The image, which appeared in Digbeth, shows a little girl sat on the ground in dark clothes and frowning, while holding a red heart-shaped balloon with the word ‘tame’ written on it.
It has been painted on a wall in the heavily graffitied Floodgate Street, in Birmingham’s ‘creative quarter’.
Birmingham Live reported that one local who photographed the image on his way to work said: "This has only just been painted.
"I think it is a Banksy as the pure level of detail in the work speaks volumes."
The Custard Factory, a nearby independent shopping centre and with creative workspaces, posted a photograph of the new artwork on Instagram with the caption ‘Is this who we think it is?!’
Banksy, a graffiti artist, political activist and film director, has made headlines across the world for his iconic and often controversial pieces for over a decade.
Las year rapper Goldie hinted at the artist’s true identity, during an interview with spoken word poet Scroobius Pip, for his Distraction Pieces podcast.
The drum and bass legend was being interviewed for the podcast when he referred to the elusive artist as ‘Robert .
It is thought to be confirmation that Banksy is his friend Robert Del Naja – a member of Massive Attack.
Del Naja – known as 3D – is a pal of the hip hop star and they were both graffiti artists in the same circles in the late 1980s.
In the podcast Goldie is ranting about how the art industry is cashing in on Banksy.
He says: "Give me a bubble letter and put it on a t-shirt and write ‘Banksy’ on it and we’re sorted.
"We can sell it now.
"No disrespect to Robert, I think he is a brilliant artist.
"I think he has flipped the world of art over."
Scroobius Pip says: "Yeah, completely."
Goldie, real name Clifford Joseph Price, MBE, then pauses for a few seconds before changing the topic to jazz music.
In 2016, journalist Craig Williams carried out a five-month investigation into Banksy and concluded that Del Naja, 52, was behind the movement.
He claimed Banksy is not just one person but a team of street artists – and that Del Naja is the ringleader.
It came after he discovered that on at least six occasions, Banksy’s work popped up shortly before or after Massive Attack gigs in the same city.
Last year Del Naja denied the rumours and said: "It would be a good story but sadly not true.
"Wishful thinking I think. He is a mate as well, he’s been to some of the gigs. It’s purely a matter of logistics and coincidence, nothing more than that."
Banksy rose to fame for his provocative stencil work in the late 1990s and ever since, the mystery surrounding his identity has deepened.
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