In Shocking Twist, Alien Abductee Artist Not Really An Alien Abductee

Illustration for article titled In Shocking Twist, Alien Abductee Artist Not Really An Alien Abductee

Though British artist Lloyd Canning got media attention for claiming to be an alien abductee — he told the Daily Mirror that he'd had six close encounters, and was receiving "visions"from extraterrestrials that inspired his paintings — he later took to his Facebook page to confess the truth:

for anyone who have seen my story in the papers, the truth is I have never been abducted but I have had some great sightings. don,t you just love the media, exposure is what I wanted, exposure is what I got lol lol lol lol lol lol lol I love you all

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Illustration for article titled In Shocking Twist, Alien Abductee Artist Not Really An Alien Abductee

Not a huge surprise, that big reveal. On his website, he does away with the alien claims to make a more heartfelt confession:

Art for me is simply a way to keep myself sane. I feel I have so much to express, I get a build up of energy and I just have to go crazy in my art studio until I collapse.

Ideas literally come to me like a train hitting me head on. I then turn into a painting machine and can't relax until it's finished. When a piece is completed I'm completely exhausted both mentally and physically, it drains all emotions out of me and I often even dream I'm actually in my paintings.

Illustration for article titled In Shocking Twist, Alien Abductee Artist Not Really An Alien Abductee

Well, OK. It's a little disappointing he didn't keep up the abduction story a little longer (the Daily Mail story ran Dec 27; the Facebook post was Dec 29), but a good prank, especially one involving aliens that dupes major media outlets (the Huffington Post, among others, also reported on him), is worthy of some kudos.

At any rate, if there's a retro prog-rock band looking for an album artist, step right this way.

Via Daily Mirror.

All images via Lloyd Canning Art World.

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craigmichaelranapia
Craig Michael Ranapia

Nobody's going to be laughing when the aliens finally realize they've been subject to decades of vicious racial slander as cosmic perverts hanging around the cosmic equivalent of a highway rest stop mutilating cattle and anal-probing the guy who wrote The Hunger. We better hope they have a sense of humour about it.