The mysterious graffiti artist Banksy, the most famous one in the world, has drawn the attention of people all over the world with his artwork in the streets of countless cities. Sometimes subversive and ironic, sometimes comical, but always fresh and original, Banksys art delivered once again with a visually stunning mural painting on a wall on West Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.
The piece features a close-up profile of the pretty face of a Billie Holiday, sleeked back black hair, shiny earrings, and a bright rose-colored flower in her hair. Her eyes are shut, and she appears to be singing or yelling with big, bold black letters in all caps written next to her face: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL.
The meaning of the piece is unclear. It is worth noting that there appear to be bars on the wall covering a window between the woman's face and the lettering, which call jail bars to mind, but perhaps the simple message next to the woman's face says it all. This piece of work is painstakingly reproduced on canvas preserving vivid colors of the original Banksy's art. Stretched around pine frames by hand, it will be a focus point of any room where it is displayed.
There are lots of different ways to put a canvas on a wall. We believe that your journey with us begins long before your artwork arrives at your door. We believe in using some of the best material available to insure that your experience with your art is superlative from the first day through decades to come.
It all starts with the work of art, regardless of it being the Mona Lisa or your child on a beach! Our group of graphics experts uses industry leading software and techniques to make sure the image is transferred in the highest possible resolution, color correctness and vibrancy.
We only use archival quality canvas and inks for our products. Our canvas is coated to provide superior color fastness, fade resistance and a degree of moisture resistance (don’t leave it out in the rain!). Bars for stretching the canvas are all sourced from respected mills and are kiln dried to minimize any moisture retention which may produce warping.
For gallery wraps, our trained craftsmen hand assemble the bars into frames, stretch the canvas over the frame and staple into place. Corner keys are inserted to allow you to adjust tautness should it ever become necessary…just gently tap the corner keys deeper into their grooves using a small hammer.
Once the finished product has been inspected and certified to be free from defects, we package your artwork and ship to you for a lifetime of enjoyment. Should you decide that your purchase did not meet your expectations, please contact us and we will gladly accommodate your return, exchange or refund. Your walls will thank you for a beautiful custom built Banksy Canvas!
The answer to this question in a definitive, all agreed upon, 2+2=4 kind of way is as asymptotic a pursuit as finding The Loch Ness Monster or locating Atlantis. It will never be done but the journey may allow the traveler to see sights that would otherwise remain hidden for a lifetime. The paradox is that we all, to some degree, know what art is. We understand that Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, arguable the most recognized piece of art in history, is art. We comprehend that the photographs of Ansel Adams or Herb Ritts represent something far loftier than what is in our Instagram library. We can view the iconic pieces of Cubism or the utterly deconstructed elements of Jackson Pollock’s Abstract Expressionism and respond to them in ways far different than what our toddlers do with crayons. So the first trap is clear: we are not meant to discover or answer “what is art?” The real question seemingly becomes: Why Is This Art?
Why has a 30”x20” portrait of a woman with a somewhat smug smile captivated imaginations for centuries? Why do we look at Picasso’s works and intuitively understand that this revolutionary method of fusing time and space onto canvas provides a depiction of subject matter at once more real and more metaphysical? Why do people look at Pollock’s work as, initially, a great psychic con, the passing of epic doodles as something more…only to forever feel nostalgia for that golden, singular moment when the composition of color lost its chaos and transformed into a laser-accurate insight into the human condition.
And what of the others? What about those forever beyond the glory of being namesakes for crime-fighting turtles? While Banksy serves as the embodiment of graffiti as art, how many thousands are considered to be nothing more than vandals? For every unique instance of a Monet or Wyeth, how many thousands also draw trees, rivers and barns with no legacy to dream of? Have they not produced art?
The greatest creative and philosophical minds we have known have taken their respective shots at this: The Atlantic – Definitions Of Art
Agree to disagree seems to be the order of the day…and yet a unifying thread can be found which brings us back full circle: We know what art is. Each of us. The issue is simply one of magnitude. There are several billion people on our ball of blue and green and, by extension, there are several billion definitions of what is art and why it is art. Overlap is extensive. After all, we are all just a few sequences of nucleotides away from each other. But the entirety of the definition remains as unique to each individual as their own DNA code. And therein lies the beauty!
From humble beginnings rooted in a carefully curated collection of iconic pieces of art and some stuff we thought was pretty cool to look at, PingoWorld commits itself to a never-ending quest to respectfully serve each of our current and future customers. We celebrate your diversity and respect your notions of art. We applaud and do not judge that one person may want a certain product because of the intensity of the emotion it evokes while another wants the same exact piece because it really matches the rug. It is, after all, your life and we want to be your trusted partner in decorating it!
One of the great discriminators in art appreciation has always been cost. Art feels like an expensive pursuit and not many of us have the disposable income to cover our walls with a Picasso or two. As with all the best lies, there is an element of truth. Original art in the traditional sense (oil on canvas, sculpture, etc.) remains prohibitively out of reach for most art lovers. It is simple economics based in the tried and true principles of supply and demand. One original with lots of demand generates a price point that can rapidly shoot past any reasonable budget. The consumer is left with few options, generally centered on paper reproductions which may or may not be more reasonably priced and will certainly lack the texture and look of canvas.
In the mid-1970’s, innovation in printing technology revolutionized what consumers could expect to see on their walls. Large format printers were soon able to print high quality images directly onto canvas. This carried a wide variety of immediately recognizable benefits. For an artist, it was now feasible to be able to reproduce images directly on canvas without the expense or delay associated with print plates. Many artists could now show and offer a range of artwork unfathomable just a few years before. As the technology matured, the end product came closer and closer in color and vibrancy to the original piece. In addition, canvas of various finishes became widely available for production. We even saw the addition of a new word to the art lexicon: giclee. From the French for “nozzle”, giclee was meant to give this new lower-cost method of production a more polished tone. After all, the roots are in the same ink jet printers many of us use in our home or office! Associating with this markedly unartistic technology would debase the “exclusivity” of the reproductions.
We disagree! Being able to reproduce art on canvas (Banksy Canvas Art being one of them) in a finish that comes remarkably close to the original has been a tremendous boon to art lovers. We are certain that some fears have been justified…there are plenty of subpar actors in this industry. Some companies have always prioritized the bottom line over everything else. The raw materials they use will show a commitment to driving down costs rather than driving up quality. Our focus is different. We want to make PingoWorld into a successful company, of course…but we want our success to rest on the cornerstones of quality and beauty rather than dollars and cents. At PingoWorld, we embrace what technology offers today and eagerly anticipate what it will bring tomorrow.
Technology has also fundamentally changed what we conceive to be art. On the fly filters and editors on smartphone apps can rapidly change a routine shot into something drastically different and far more expressive. Coupled with the affordable ability to translate a JPEG on a screen to a 30"x20" stretched canvas on your living room wall, the doors have opened for an ever widening range of expression. Elitism, rooted in capital for the art “collector” and rooted in infrastructure for the artist, has given way to a new era: An age when your walls are bare because of choice rather than necessity. We are excited to be a part of this age and be a trusted partner in helping to decorate your life. Go ahead reward yourself with a beautifully handcrafted Banksy Canvas Wall Art!