Banksy has confirmed the authenticity of two new artworks which appeared in his iconic style close to the Barbican Centre.
The murals, which make fun of the so-called “graffiti-free” part of central London, appear in a tunnel.
They are inspired by an upcoming exhibition at the Barbican by American artist Jean-Michael Basquiat, who initially rose to fame as part of a New York City-based graffiti duo, SAMO, before turning his hand to painting.
The first mural depicts a ferris wheel topped with crowns – one of the symbols Basquiat’s works are best known for – above people queueing at a ticket booth.
Banksy posted on Sunday: “Major new Basquiat show opens at the Barbican – a place that is normally very keen to clean any graffiti from its walls.”
The second post is captioned: “Portrait of Basquiat being welcomed by the Metropolitan Police – an (unofficial) collaboration with the new Basquiat show.”
Basquiat: Boom for Real opens at the Barbican Centre on September 21.