An artist who was escorted out of a mural competition by police in north-west Tasmania has described his removal as a "total overreaction".

Organisers of Sheffield's annual Mural Fest competition called police when the New South Wales artist refused to stop painting yesterday despite being disqualified.

Christian Griffiths, who refers to himself as "Sauce", broke competition rules by using aerosol paint.

He says he was not satisfied with the paint provided and was happy to be disqualified, but wanted to complete his mural regardless.

"It was a total overreaction," he said.

"I mean I wasn't running around naked throwing beer bottles at people I just wanted to do my mural."

Event manager Penny Lane says Mr Griffiths was disturbing the other artists.

"I'm really saddened by the fact that that did happen, we gave 'Sauce' many chances," she said.

Mr Griffiths won the competition in 2011.

 

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