May 2, 2008 The Dutch artist Hugo Kaagman has attempted to capture Boris Johnson. The Norwegian artist Dolk has painted the Pope in the style of an iconic image of Marilyn Monroe, smiling coquettishly as he tries to push down his windblown robes. The exhibition is entitled the Cans Festival. Last night the tunnel was thick with fumes as the artists worked to finish their paintings in time for a private viewing this evening. They had come from all over the world. The Argentinian artist Frederico, half of the graffiti collective Run Don’t Walk, said of Banksy’s invitation to participate: “It happened really fast. They just told us our flights. It’s great to meet people from all over the world to paint. This isn’t some branded event, it isn’t in a gallery, it’s unique.”
The Cans Festival London exhibition at Leake Street, from 10am to 10pm Saturday 3rd to Monday 5th May 2008. An exhibition of street art organised by Banksy in London STENCIL ART STREET BATTLE Curated by Banksy and Tristan Manco The biggest event of its kind held in the UK and the artists invited will be the most interesting currently working with stencils.