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By 2008, despite the global financial crash, a Banksy 'vandalised' version of a Damien Hirst painting sold for over $1.8m. High profile art collectors and celebrities spend thousands to own a Banksy. Among the rich and famous, designer Paul Smith, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are known to be Banksy collectors. After claims that his success meant that he had sold out, Banksy said: “I love the way capitalism finds a place – even for its enemies. It’s boom time in the discontent industry.”
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The Westminster City Council stated in October 2008 that the work would be painted over, regardless of the celebrity status of the artist, as it was illegal graffiti. The council stated that Banksy "has no more right to paint graffiti than a child." Robert Davis, the chairman of the council planning committee told The Times, "If we condone this then we might as well say that any kid with a spray can is producing art." The work was eventually painted over in April 2009.
Metal wall art is elegant and classy, and it's a method of decorating your home that makes your decorations really stand out. It's an eye-catching accent to any room of any style. Go from classic and antique to postmodern abstract, and create a design theme that perfectly communicates your sense of aesthetics and style to visitors in your home. Choose metal pieces to add depth and texture to a room since most stand out from the wall to create a 3-D feel.
The right classy metal wall art can really be a conversation starter and the centerpiece to a complete design and décor scheme. There are few better ways to set off or accent your room, whether you're giving an old room a fresh facelift or you're moving into a brand-new home or apartment and looking for a way to really make each room pop. These affordable and varied designs are the way to go.
Artwork can make or break the overall look of a room, so it's important to choose the right piece! You've got many factors to consider when choosing your new wall art: should it be silver and gray or vibrant and multicolor? Wooden or metal? Matte or shiny? By taking these options into account—and doing a thorough survey of the other decorations in the space—you're one step closer to finding that pivotal piece!
Generally, there are a few standard canvas wall art sizes that you need to know. Small decor is anything between 18 to 24 inches long. These pieces are best hung as pairs or in asymmetrical clusters. Anything between 24 to 36 inches long would be considered medium-sized wall art. Whether it’s a wall mirror with sculptural elements or a large piece of photography, these pieces are best suited as a stand-alone accent or as elements in a gallery wall. Large pieces of wall art are considered between 33 to 40 inches long and are generally mounted alone to create that classic, museum-style look. Anything over 40 inches long would be considered oversized, requiring a large, grand room to house the piece.
Every photographer – whether he or she is a professional or a person who simply loves taking pictures as a hobby – would love to see his or her shots showcased on high-end quality photo canvas. CanvasChamp is well-known for the premium materials we use in producing our decorative prints – be it an acrylic, glass, canvas, or metal. Plus we offer professional design assistance and prompt service.
With both first time homeowners to the seasoned DIY pros, one of the most common questions we receive is, "How do I hang my new wall art so it looks best?" The basic rule of museums is to hang pictures at eye level so the center is 57" high. In the home however, this rule can be broken to maintain an intimate connection with the artwork and allow for a smooth visual flow throughout the room. Try hanging pictures 5 to 6 inches above shelves and tables and at eye-level above seating and couches. Remember to always use your own best judgment to keep the look proportionate. Another tip is to hang multiple wall art pieces in odd-numbers, as these groupings generally look more pleasing and "arranged" to the eye. Lastly, browse our wide selection of picture lights or check out our entire selection of lighting to ensure that your collection is shown in the best light. Contact us for more ideas or for help in choosing your new wall art!
In October 2018, one of Banksy's works, Balloon Girl, was sold in an auction at Sotheby's in London for £1.04m. However, shortly after the gavel dropped and it was sold, an alarm sounded inside of the picture frame and the canvas passed through a shredder hidden within the frame, partially shredding the picture. Banksy then posted an image of the shredding on Instagram captioned "Going, going, gone...". After the sale, the auction house acknowledged that the self-destruction of the work was a prank by the artist. The prank received wide news coverage around the world, with one newspaper stating that it was "quite possibly the biggest prank in art history." Joey Syer, co-founder of an online platform facilitating art dealer sales, told the Evening Standard: "The auction result will only propel this further and given the media attention this stunt has received, the lucky buyer would see a great return on the £1.02M they paid last night, this is now part of art history in its shredded state and we'd estimate Banksy has added at a minimum 50% to its value, possibly as high as being worth £2m+." A man seen filming the shredding of the picture during its auction has been suggested to be Banksy. Banksy has since released a video on how the shredder was installed into the frame and the shredding of the picture, explaining that he had surreptitiously fitted the painting with the shredder a few years previously, in case it ever went up for auction. To explain his rationale for destroying his own artwork, Banksy quoted Picasso: "The urge to destroy is also a creative urge". (Although Banksy cited Picasso, this quote is usually attributed to Mikhail Bakunin.)  It is not known how the shredder was activated. Banksy has released another video indicating that the painting was intended to be shredded completely. The video shows a sample painting completely shredded by the frame and says: "In rehearsals it worked every time...".
Choosing a tag or graffiti name was common in this subculture to brand work and to avoid arrest. This is the name that he has stuck with since. The Bristol street artists adopted graffiti-style pseudonyms and painted in collaborative groups or ‘crews’. His earliest influence was musician and graffiti writer 3D, one of the pioneers who brought free-hand, spraycan-style graffiti writing to the UK from the New York subways.
An obvious place to begin is with color. One trick of the trade many designers use it to pull an accent color from the rug, window treatments, or upholstery to work into artwork on the walls. In this way, everything in the room is subtly unified, even if you're layering with lots of patterns or experimenting with several different hues at once. Try purple wall art that speaks to the sheer curtains on the windows; violet poppies make this warm shade sing, especially when the floral plaques themselves are placed on an opposite wall.
If you prefer art that is more representational or quirky, the illustrations available in our collection of modern art prints may contain plenty of appealing options for you. From sweet botanical watercolors to pen-and-ink drawings rendered with the careful hand of an expert draftsman, our illustrated modern art prints can look great in any room in your house. You may even find some charming options for a sophisticated kid’s room or nursery that eschews generic pastel cuteness but still retains the fun of childhood.
Make a canvas print to use as customized wall art for your room, or send one as a gift to your friends and family. Try creating a wrapped canvas print using your favorite photo from your latest trip. Cityscapes and nature shots will make for some breathtaking artwork. Nothing beats seeing your snapshot of Yosemite or the Eiffel Tower on a large canvas. Get even more creative by assembling a few canvas prints together to make a wall collage. This would be perfect to showcase your newborn baby, or memories from your wedding day.
If you're shopping for a gift, you can't go wrong with wall art. If you're not sure what kind of art the person you're buying for likes or how their home is decorated, something traditional in neutral tones is a good choice because it goes with everything. Wall decor is a great present for most any occasion, whether it's a birthday or holiday. However, you don't need a special reason to treat yourself or someone special to a beautiful piece of art.
Artwork description & Analysis: This work by Banksy refigures the iconic Impressionist painting Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lillies (1899) by Claude Monet. Monet's original reveals a tranquil scene of his own garden, with rich vegetation reflected in the calm water. Banksy has replicated Monet's original painting almost exactly, using the same materials as Monet, however Banksy has added two discarded shopping carts and a traffic cone to the pond.
In an attack on consumerism, Banksy created Napalm Girl in 2004. It features a reproduction of an iconic photograph of a young girl during a napalm bombing in Vietnam in the seventies. In Banksy’s version the terrified naked girl is caught between Ronald McDonald and Mickey Mouse. The piece was created on cartridge paper and has been exhibited internationally in many different galleries.
The Mona Lisa is perhaps the most famous painting of all time, and it is also one which is often parodied. Banksy is no exception. This re-imagining of Mona Lisa as a terrorist toting a rocket launcher appeared in London. It has been spotted in various locations, but it is unclear as to whether these are copies or if they all belong to the elusive Banksy.
Originally painted close to the Houses of Parliament in London, the original version of Banksy’s Soldiers Painting the CND sign was confiscated for allegedly breaking laws regarding protests in this area. It has been suggested that it represents the repression of free speech as well as acting as an anti-war protest. The piece was recreated and displayed in a collection at the Tate Britain gallery in 2007.
First appearing on a pub wall in Brighton, UK in 2004, Banksy’s “Kissing Coppers” was a a piece that was one in the eye for the for the police (who Banksy frequently taunts) as well as to homophobes. The siting of this graffiti was probably most deliberate given that Brighton is well-known for its large gay population. The work was removed in February 2014 following repeated vandal attempts and the pub owner was able to orchestrate a sale to a private buyer in Miami for a sum believed to be in the region of half a million dollars. Banksy Kissing Coppers location.
The Fine Art Paper we use is acid and lignin free, ensuring the image won't fade over time. The thickness of the paper, which is measured as a weight, is 230gsm (grams per square meter), and is roughly the thickness of 3 sheets of standard photocopy paper put together. This paper type has been selected because of its exceptional print quality, meaning we are able to reproduce high-resolution imagery at museum quality standards. We use digital Giclee printing on our fine art paper.
He has become a brand in himself and for some younger graffiti writers Banksy is fair game. The mischievous, anonymous outsider taking shots at the establishment is now a part of Britain's art scene. Councils are quick to restore and protect works that previously they would have scrubbed away as vandalism. He has kept his identity secret for years and built a cult around his name. He still manages to walk the tightrope between maverick and mainstream but how long can he maintain that position?
Have you been looking for ways to decorate your walls? Wall art is the perfect solution for small or large spaces alike, giving any room a finished and polished look in minutes. If you need inspiration for decorating your walls before you make your purchase, you can read our handy inspirational guide on wall decor here. If you are ready to make your wall art purchase and know exactly what you want, you can browse through our large selection of wall art to find the perfect piece for your home. Whether you need bedroom wall art, kitchen wall art, or any room in between, we've got what you need to turn your home into a beautifully decorated space. The modern art, vintage art, or reproductions of the classics you love are just a click away. Here are a few examples of wall art you will find right here, at Wayfair.