Art Buff

Art Buff

Art Buff is a graffiti artwork by Banksy which was created in Folkestone in 2014,[1] Banksy announcing it as "part of the Folkestone triennial. Kind of". The work depicts a woman wearing headphones and staring at a plinth, upon which rests a patch of painted-out graffiti.[1] The name of the piece is a play on words, "buff" being a slang term for the painting over of graffiti.[1]

Reported on 13 October 2014, Art Buff was vandalized with the spray painting of a penis sitting on top of the plinth.[2]

During early November 2014 Robin Barton and Bankrobber London organized the removal of Art Buff from its Folkestone location following requests from the owners of the wall, and announced plans to put it up for sale in aid of a cancer charity set up in memory of Jimmy Godden.[3] On 27 November 2014, the work was flown to Miami Art Basel to be offered for sale.[4] On 11 September 2015, a British judge ruled that the mural was public property, and had to be returned to Folkestone.[5] Plans were announced to include the artwork as part of a new building in 2018.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Banksy mural appears on Folkestone park wall". BBC News Online. 29 September 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Banksy mural Art Buff vandalized". The Guardian. 13 October 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Banksy's Folkestone 'Art Buff' Mural Has Been Removed Amid Protests". Artlyst. 4 November 2014. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Banksy art work flying to Miami tonight". Folkestone Herald. 27 November 2014. Archived from the original on 23 December 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Banksy artwork set to return to folkestone". The Guardian. 11 September 2015. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
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Coordinates: 51°04′52″N 1°10′54″E / 51.08102°N 1.18169°E / 51.08102; 1.18169