A man has been jailed for two years for defacing a painting by artist Mark Rothko.
Wlodzimierz Umaniec, 26, also known as Vladimir Umanets, defaced the mural, worth in the region of £5 million to £9 million, at London's Tate Modern gallery on 7th October this year.
Umaniec, a Polish national living in Worthing, West Sussex, admitted criminal damage to the value of in excess of £5,000 - but estimates suggest the restoration of the painting will cost around £200,000.
A man accused of criminal damage after a Mark Rothko painting was defaced at London's Tate Modern gallery has been remanded in custody until October 16
Wlodzimierz Umaniec, 26, also known as Vladimir Umanets, appeared at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court via video-link today accused of damaging the famous painting, worth in the region of £50 million.
The court heard that Umaniec, a Polish national, will deny the charges.
He spoke only to confirm his personal details and provided a friend's address.
Speaking to ITV News, Vladimir Umanets, insisted he was not a vandal and felt he had been "completely attacked" over the writing daubed on the Rothko mural. He defended "Yellowism" which he founded, and said the police hadn't contacted him - yet.