Why Banksy’s popularity makes me more collectable
Dan Pearce Artist, Canary Wharf
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