A woman who is thought to be married to the elusive street artist Banksy used to work as a spokeswoman for the Labour Party in parliament.
There is a High Court case against “The Artist known as Banksy.” Robin Gunningham, 50, is the first suspect in the case. Joy Millward is his wife.
Ms. Millward is from the West Midlands and used to work as a reporter for Austin Mitchell, a Labour MP. In later years, she started Principle Affairs, a charity lobbying group. Gunningham is said to have met her around 2003.
In 2006, they got married in Las Vegas, but even their neighbours say they don’t talk to anyone. “Even people they talk to sometimes don’t know who they really are,” said one person.
“Only people in his close circle who have been checked out know who he really is.” Friends and family of Joy don’t know who her husband is or what he does.
Joy Millward is married to Robin Gunningham. She is from the West Midlands and used to work as a reporter for Labour MP Austin Mitchell. It’s thought that she met Gunningham in 2003.
Banksy’s real name was a famous riddle to the public and the press for many years.
Guerrilla painters often put their art on the fronts of houses that look like they were picked at random. These paintings can make buildings more valuable, which can confuse the owners of the houses that are painted on.
But this week, the artist who didn’t want to be known may have to say who he really is after being named in a High Court case.
‘The Artist Known as Banksy’ is being sued for defamation by rave pioneer and graffiti leader Andrew Gallagher. Pest Control Ltd, which sells Banksy’s art, is also named as a co-defendant.
Gallagher’s lawyers have refused to talk about the case because they want to protect Gallagher’s privacy. However, the court hearing could show who Banksy is.
Many flashy public figures, like Massive Attack singer Robert Del Naja, Gorillaz member Jamie Hewlett, and even Art Attack host Neil Buchanan, have been linked to the artist’s character for 30 years. This is what The Sun says.
One name stands out, though: 50-year-old pop-up artist Robin Gunningham. He has mostly stayed out of the public eye.
He is the first person named as a defendant in Gallagher’s case against Banksy, which is very important.
Bristol is where Banksy is from, and newspapers there have tried in the past to confirm that Gunningham was the underground artist but were unable to do so.
Scientists from Queen Mary University tried to connect Gunningham to 2004 writing that showed up in Jamaica.
Researchers took a picture of a man with stencils, a sketchbook, and spray cans. The man was wearing loose clothes.
Banksy and Gunningham’s parents both said they were not the man in the picture, so the ID wasn’t completely fake.
Even so, people noticed that the man in the picture looked a lot like a picture of Gunningham’s classmates from 1989 at Bristol Cathedral School.
As soon as Gunningham and his wife Joy Millward were linked to Banksy, they both agreed to keep everything secret.
Will Gallagher now treat Banksy like a monkey in the High Court (shown)? For example, will he make him show his face in public?
Gunningham grew up in the wealthy Clifton area of Bristol as the son of contracts manager Peter Gunningham and secretary Pamela Dawkin-Jones. He is said to have wanted to be an artist from a very young age.
A former classmate named Scott Nurse said that Gunningham was one of three people in his year group who were “extremely talented in art.” Nurse also said that Gunningham did a lot of illustrations.
Anthony Hallett, who lived close to the family, had good memories of them.
“The family were always very nice,” he said. I’m not sure, but I think Robin was a graffiti artist. He worked for other people and would not be seen for months at a time. He moved around a lot.
“I wouldn’t say he went crazy, but there was some kind of strain in the family, likely because he didn’t turn out the way they had hoped.” He didn’t come back after leaving home.
Graffiti Art In Britain was an exhibition held at the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol in 1985. Artists sprayed paint straight onto the gallery walls, and the show featured hip-hop band The Wild Bunch, who later became Massive Attack.
Banksy told the pop culture magazine Swindle in 2006, “I came from a pretty small town in southern England.” A kid named 3D was painting hard in the street when I was about ten years old. He may have been the first person in Bristol to bring spray paint back from New York. Spray paint was something I saw on the street as a kid before I saw it in a paper or on the computer.
‘3D quit drawing and joined the band Massive Attack. It may have been good for him, but the city lost a lot. We all loved writing on the walls at school. It was on the bus ride home from school. It was done by everyone.
The first show Banksy ever had was in Shoreditch in 2001, but it wasn’t until his Turf War show a few years later that he became famous to a wide audience.
After that, he made famous works like “The Girl with Balloon,” which was shredded in a strange stunt at a London Sotheby’s sale and then sold for £18.6 million ($25.4 million).
In 2010, his documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop was up for an Academy Award.
And in 2015, he opened “Dismaland,” a subversive theme park in Weston-Super-Mare that was full of strange art and promoted as “the unhappiest place on earth.”