Secretive graffiti artist Banksy is believed to have created his biggest work yet, under the not-so-watchful eye of security cameras in central London.

An audacious comment on big brother society, depicting a small boy painting the words: “One nation under CCTV” while being watched by a security guard, appeared on a building overlooking a post office yard near Oxford Circus.

The artist put up three storeys of scaffolding behind a security fence, despite being watched by a CCTV (closed circuit television) camera, London’s Evening Standard newspaper reported.

He then created the work under cover of darkness and hidden behind a plastic sheet before the scaffolding was removed.

Mystery surrounds Banksy’s identity, but he is believed to be from Bristol, western England, and has attracted a global following with his graffiti paintings on the walls of London buildings.

His work has been bought by actress Angelina Jolie and singer Christina Aguilera.

Earlier this year, a wall he had painted sold for STG208,100 ($A453,700), and his screen print of supermodel Kate Moss fetched STG96,000 ($A210,549).

taken from smh


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