Street artist describes town as ‘small and snooty’ after criticism of his work

Vinnie Nylon also described those criticising his works – which have been painted on walls in the centre as part of a project commissioned by the local theatre – as the “beige brigade” who had “plenty of blank walls to look at”.

Mr Nylon, who has worked with Banksy, has been at the centre of controversy in recent weeks over four artworks adorning buildings in the town.

While many have welcomed them, several locals have objected, questioning whether it was appropriate to put them on Grade II-listed buildings.

Meanwhile, East Suffolk Council has launched an investigation, saying that the paintings had been done without the necessary permission being sought.

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Beccles & Bungay Journal: Vinnie Nylon's hard at work creating a piece of art on one side of Discount Motor Parts Bungay, on Lower Olland StreetVinnie Nylon’s hard at work creating a piece of art on one side of Discount Motor Parts Bungay, on Lower Olland Street (Image: Bruno Brown)

Now, the artist himself has spoken out, defending his work and praising the town – but not without delivering a few jibes.

“I will just say I love the town, it is a historic Suffolk town with plenty of interest, maybe a bit small and snooty, but I did these pieces of artwork with good intention and for free,” he said.

“I’m committed to placing art in the public domain for free and for the benefit of communities,” he added.

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Beccles & Bungay Journal: Vinnie Nylon's work on the side of Discount Motor Parts Bungay, on Upper Olland StreetVinnie Nylon’s work on the side of Discount Motor Parts Bungay, on Upper Olland Street (Image: Bruno Brown)

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“There is a lot of flak flying around on Facebook from the beige brigade and anybody that wants everything to just remain the same for hundreds of years.

“It’s not something I can get on board with and personally, I think there are plenty of blank walls these people can look at and that any town can also play host to a few slightly more adventurous colourful ones.

“I had to remind one complainant that what was under my paint was yet more paint so all I was doing was further protecting the brickwork from traffic pollution.

“I did state that it wasn’t his building, he didn’t have to look at it and that there were far more important things to worry about such as the corners of all three buildings at that fork having been smashed off by trucks in recent years.”

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Beccles & Bungay Journal: Vinnie Nylon's street art opposite the Bungay Fisher TheatreVinnie Nylon’s street art opposite the Bungay Fisher Theatre (Image: Submitted)

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Beccles & Bungay Journal: A quick Sun piece by Vinnie Nylon on Helen's homeA quick Sun piece by Vinnie Nylon on Helen’s home (Image: Submitted)

The Bungay Fisher Theatre commissioned the artist to do the work to promote his exhibition there, on September 17.

East Suffolk Council is still investigating.

It is illegal to make altercations to listed buildings without approval from district councils.

Beccles & Bungay Journal: Vinnie Nylon's street art opposite the Green Dragon Pub in BungayVinnie Nylon’s street art opposite the Green Dragon Pub in Bungay (Image: Submitted)

 


 

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