THE REAL artists behind the ‘Banksy’ style painting which appeared at the top of the town centre have been identified, the Observer can reveal.
The various pieces depicting the town’s Sir Edward Elgar adorning the bus stop outside Rose Bank Gardens on Wells Road were produced by Malvern residents Lee Morris and Tom Brown.
Today (Wednesday) the town council have moved to confirm it did not commission the paintings and have been in contact with the creative duo who have both apologised for not gaining permission first.
The pair added that they intended the pictures, which involved more than a 100 hours of preparation, as a ‘gift’ to the community of Malvern but clarified they did not condone unauthorised graffiti.
When the paintings appeared at the start of the week speculation ran riot they were the real work of ‘Banksy’, the notorious street artist who has become famous for never revealing his true identity. However the mysterious artist, took to Twitter himself to confirm he was not responsible for them although he did also compliment the work.
One of pictures shows a near life size Elgar leaning casually next to the phone box holding a smart phone, as well as three framed images of the town’s famous composer holding different poses above each of the benches.
Mr Morris confirmed they were prints on a canvas and that he still had the originals which he intended to sell, with proceeds going back into supporting arts in the community.
Many have welcomed the images and now the town council is considering keeping them in place.
A spokeswoman said: “Malvern Town Council will now consider adopting the artwork and the council has been urged by a number of Malvern residents to allow it to remain.
“Unique, inspiring and interesting are some of the comments that have been received through our website.
“In view of the positive response to this artwork, the council may consider the use of the artist’s work at other sites in Malvern.”