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Banksy reveals 'working from home' art piece


Banksy has given fans a rare insight into his personal life by creating a piece inside his own house.

The famously anonymous artist, from Bristol, posted a series of images today of a piece inside his bathroom.

The five images depict nine rats - which appear to have been painted on his walls in black and shaded in with charcoal - running riot inside the space.

They are seen climbing into shelves, swinging from towel hooks, hanging from a light pull, unravelling a toilet roll and marking out the number of days spent inside during lockdown.

One rat is also seen urinating into the toilet.

Underneath the piece, Banksy wrote a self-deprecating caption, which reads: "My wife hates it when I work from home."

The artist, whose identity has been rumoured to be several different people throughout the years but never confirmed, first rose to fame for his graffiti work in the 1990s.

His work is often political and contains messages portraying his thoughts on current events.

Banksy has expanded his art into larger scale projects in recent years, such as the Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem and the now-closed theme park Dismaland in Weston-super-Mare.

In 2018 his iconic Balloon Girl piece self-destructed seconds after it sold for more than £1m at a Sotheby's auction to an anonymous buyer. The painting, which has since been renamed Love Is In The Bin, is now said to be worth at least £2m by art experts.

Banksy later confirmed he was the person who shredded the work, adding that he installed a shredder in the frame years earlier in case the piece was ever sold.

His most recent piece was a graffiti painting on the side of a house in Barton Hill, Bristol.

It showed a girl firing a slingshot of real red flowers and leaves and was created to mark Valentine's Day.

The piece was later defaced but Banksy said he was "glad", adding: "The initial sketch was much better."