Banksy artwork stolen from unauthorised show

OTTAWA • The artwork depicts hunters and now Canadian police are on the hunt for the culprits who stole it.

On Thursday, they said they were investigating the theft of a Banksy print from an unauthorised exhibition of the British-based guerilla graffiti artist's work in Toronto.

"We were called about a break-and-enter in the city's west end," Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu said.

"At some point last Sunday, a Banksy print was removed from the exhibit."

The stolen Trolley Hunters print depicts crouching men in loin cloths armed with stone-tipped wooden spears and axes as they hunt grocery shopping carts in a grassy field.

Its value is estimated at C$45,000 (S$46,000).

The Art Of Banksy exhibition - curated by Banksy's former manager Steve Lazarides, but reportedly not endorsed by the artist himself - opened on Wednesday in a Toronto industrial building dressed up as an art gallery, as part of a larger North American run.

Displaying about 80 works on loan from collectors, including sculptures, screen prints, canvases and multimedia pieces, it has been billed as the largest collection of Banksy works assembled.

The exhibit runs until July 11.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 16, 2018, with the headline 'Banksy artwork stolen from unauthorised show'. Print Edition | Subscribe