Sunday, 16th May 2021

Your step-by-step guide to painting a £10 million Banksy

GRAFFITI artist Banksy has just sold a frankly bollocks painting for ten million quid. Here’s how to paint your own: 

Step one: choose a trite subject

Find a subject that’s very slightly edgy but everyone basically agrees on, like McDonald’s being bastards or MPs being crap. That way you’ll trigger the little nodding dog in their backbrains and they’ll flock for selfies in front of it to show they agree.

Step two: pick an unoriginal angle

Say you’ve chosen to shock the world with a piece about climate change being bad. But how to illustrate it? For inspiration, try looking at some terrible newspaper cartoonists churning out derivative crap and pitch your take one level below theirs.

Step three: select a style

You’ve chosen to depict a Boeing 737 airliner with skulls painted on the side to show how many people it’s killed, in a bold, hard-hitting piece guaranteed to cut carbon emissions by 90 per cent within the week. But how should it look? Obviously like a photograph crudely transposed into a four-layer stencil, because all Banksys are identical.

Step four: find a location

The perfect place for a piece like this would be an airport, but they have security. So instead go to any major city where loads of press photographers live, slap it on a wall and you’ll be on every front page tomorrow because the main story doesn’t have great visuals.

Step five: amplify the message by producing six smaller versions on canvas

Who flies a lot? The super-rich. Target that audience specifically by producing a limited run of six canvases of this deathless and famous work, selling them for £300,000 each. That’ll show them for having private jets.

Step six: sit back and marvel

Well done! You’ve created great art, and you’ve got an extra-massive version stored away to sell for £10 million in a few years when the market’s risen. Time to sit back, relax and marvel at how incredibly rich this scam has made you.