Takeaway art's a delight

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He's Portsmouth's answer to the famous street artist Banksy.

In an internationally co-ordinated impromptu art display, the mysterious Southsea-based artist MyDogSighs helped bring a blaze of colour to the seafront.

And lucky members of the passing public were able to walk away with the artworks, with some perhaps destined to become future classics.

A team of artists descended on the popular walkway with a collection of portraits, stencils and sketches to set up an impromptu art gallery to the amazement of onlookers.

Residents, tourists and joggers admired the mysterious exhibition, spread along a 180 foot-long shelter on Southsea esplanade, at 10am on Saturday morning.

But the display vanished almost as quickly it appeared, as passers-by helped themselves to pieces, pocketing postcard-sized illustrations, and carting off larger paintings under their arms.

The free art bonanza, called Take it, It's Yours!, was organised by MyDogSighs.

The 36-year-old father, who refused to reveal his real true identity, said: 'When you're trying to get work into galleries it can be really difficult.

'Here, you can just leave it and it becomes something people naturally discover, and then maybe think about what it means and who left it there.

'If you walk into Aspex, it's a really exclusive contemporary art gallery, but you wonder how many people actually see the art.

'It's in the middle of Gunwharf, with thousands of people around, but the place is almost empty, whereas out here we're sharing our work with everybody.'

He said he began his free art project several years ago, leaving his own creations in the street on the way to work on Friday mornings.

He believed he was alone, but when he searched the internet, he discovered scores of people across the globe doing similar things. For this latest extravaganza, he contacted artists from as far afield as Israel and Hawaii to collect 39 pieces for this unique display.

He said: 'I want to stay on the right side of the law, but I can understand how some could call this littering.

'Although if a friendly policeman came along, we'd hope he'd maybe have a look for himself and decide it's not doing any harm.

'They're all attached by Velcro, so there's no question of damaging any property.

'That's something I'd always be careful to avoid.'

By 3pm, the street exhibition was all but over, with only four pieces of art remaining.