Why Banksy’s pop­u­lar­ity makes me more col­lectable

Dan Pearce Artist, Ca­nary Wharf

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Ur­ban art has to­tally be­come more ac­cept­able within the last five years,” said Dan Pearce. “It’s ac­tu­ally dif­fi­cult to find tra­di­tional art on the walls in high street gal­leries.

“The Banksy phe­nom­e­non has made it much more col­lectable and in­vestable.”

The 44-year-old cre­ates his vi­brant art­work us­ing a mix of spray paint, resin, acrylic and ob­jects, fea­tur­ing iconic sym­bols and peo­ple such as Au­drey Hep­burn, Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe and David Bowie. He is ex­hibit­ing four of his pieces in the Canada Walk Win­dow Gallery in Ca­nary Wharf un­til Jan­uary 5. It is his third ex­hi­bi­tion on the es­tate in three years and the Beck­en­ham artist said: “It’s a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for an in­de­pen­dent artist like me to get their name out there and it’s free.”

The mar­ried father-of-two is hop­ing a busi­ness on the es­tate will pur­chase his but­ter­fly peace sym­bol art­work and he will do­nate £1,000 from the sale to a char­ity of the buyer’s choice. It is made of hun­dreds of in­di­vid­u­ally painted and glued-down PVC but­ter­flies with more lay­ers of paint and resin over the top.

“It came about as I had been play­ing toy sol­diers with my son in his bed­room one day and later he said to me ‘If there was peace in the world would they stop mak­ing toy sol­diers?’” said Dan. “The next day I be­gan cre­at­ing my first peace sym­bol.”

He started out as a dig­i­tal artist but be­gan cre­at­ing sten­cil art 10 years ago when he was liv­ing in Sydney and then be­gan ex­per­i­ment­ing with cre­at­ing dif­fer­ent tex­tures and fin­ishes with spray paints.

“When I start a piece of art I never have an idea of how it will work out. I just sort of at­tack the alu­minium I paint on.”

“It’s a process of con­stantly ex­per­i­ment­ing and pro­gress­ing.”

I never have any idea how it will work out. It’s a process of con­stantly ex­per­i­ment­ing and pro­gress­ing Dan Pearce, artist

JAMES PERRIN

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