A Banksy painting is to be ‘whitewashed’ by its’ owner in protest at the sale of street art.
An American artist paid £561,000 for a Banksy artwork painted on the side of a North London Poundland store – then vowed to whitewash it.
Slave Labour shows a young child on his knees at a sewing machine, producing a string of Union Jack bunting.
It was painted on the side of a bargain store in Wood Green, London in 2012 as a protest against sweatshops used to make souvenirs for the London Olympics.
Slave Labour was sold by Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles this week and was bought by American artist Ron English, who said he plans to whitewash it in protest against street art being bought and sold.
He told reporters: “My idea for this painting is to whitewash it for my good pal Banksy, I only wish I could’ve spent more money for it.”
“I’m going to paint it white again, I’m done. This is a blow for street art. It shouldn’t be bought and sold.
“I’m going to paint over it and just include it in one of the walls in my house. We’re tired of people stealing our stuff off the streets and re-selling it so I’m just going to buy everything I can get my hands on and whitewash it.”
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Posted on 17 Nov 2018 by MinE Team