Modesto man charged with vandalizing graffiti artist's work

MODESTO - A 35-year-old Modesto man is facing four felony counts of vandalism after allegedly damaging street art by the artist Banksy.

David Noll is a struggling artist himself, and won't talk about the Los Angeles charges, but he has strong opinions about art. On his LinkedIn website site he writes: "My lifelong goal is to not stop battling until mODERN aRT as we know it is destroyed."

Noll also told News10: "I don't want to comment too much. Art is art. Certain graffiti looks good, if it's commissioned. If it's illegal, can't say I'm for that."

Banksy is an artist whose street art and graffiti is often left alone and considered valuable. Noll is also charged with damaging the studio used by another street artist, Shepard Fairey.

Noll was arrested in January by Los Angeles officers who drove to Modesto. He returns to court next week for a preliminary hearing in this case.

He's also had a history of mental health issues, but said he's on the right track now.

"I have this bi-polar problem. It's difficult to deal with, the tirades and things like that. I've had a rough go of it. I'm finally on medication and it's helping a lot," Noll said.

He faces the possibility of five years in prison if convicted of the four vandalism charges. Noll said he's represented on the case by a public defender.


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