York pub landlord Dan Murphy got a big shock as he came into work this morning – and found a brand new artwork painted on his wall.
And now some are speculating that it might be the work of the world’s most famous artist.
“This morning I just walked into the car park, I was having a bit of a clear out – and did a double take as to what was on the wall,” Dan told YorkMix.
“It really caught me by surprise.”
The artwork appeared on one of the outbuildings of The Lighthorseman pub on Fulford Road.
Dan says. “It looks like a sort of jester to me, but some people have commented that it might be Guy Fawkes. It’s just a small piece but its quite cool.”
The figure is holding a sign saying, “It’s not me, it’s t’others”.
What’s been the reaction today?
“Quite a few people have come in had a bit of a chat about it.
“Obviously, the comments are like, ‘do you think it’s actually a Banksy?’ But there are quite a few decent street artists aren’t there?
“It’s probably highly unlikely that it is a Banksy, but it’d be nice if it was.”
Although some might see this as criminal damage, Dan likes it and wants the artwork to stay.
“I’m quite happy with it. Some in the council might disagree with us, because we’re in a listed building,” he said. But the art is tucked out of the way of the main part of the pub, he added.
“We don’t want loads of people coming down and scrawling on the pub or anything. You can tell it’s actually a proper artist that done this. It’s quite a nice piece of work.”
He hasn’t a clue who did the artwork. But if he found out “I’d be quite happy to buy them a pint”.
Dan has run The Lighthorseman since 2013. He says the accommodation there is always busy and their new chef is popular thanks to his mainly Italian menu of stone-baked pizzas, pasta and steaks.