Amateur Banksy scaffolder builds new career as artist by turning planks into portraits

Amateur Banksy scaffolder builds new career as artist by turning planks into portraits

10/15/2021

A FORMER construction worker has built a new career as an artist.

James Howe, 41, spent 20 years balancing on building site scaffolding planks.

Now he uses them to create black and white images including Sir Winston Churchill, Freddie Mercury, Liam Gallagher, Mike Tyson and NHS hero Capt Sir Tom Moore.

James, of Skegness, Lincs, started by copying a Banksy print ten years ago while recovering from an injury.

He then took up art full-time after selling a Liam Gallagher picture during lockdown.

James said: “I’ve never had any lessons or studied art.

"I’m completely self-taught.

“I love painting on wood and I get all my boards from a local company, which have dents, corners/edges broken, grind marks and rust marks.

“It’s so nice being able to do something I love and be home every night to spend time with my kids.”





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