Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Christmas Canvas Cracker - Spend £100 total and get a free triptych wall print treat!

Christmas just around the corner so we thought it best to get our festive canvas promotion in early. Its an easy one to get your head around. Choose £100 worth (or more) of canvas art from our online shop. We already have bargain prices on our range of high quality canvases so you'll easily be able to find two or three artworks to suit your taste.

Once you have checked out with a basket of £100 you'll get an order confirmation with an email address on it. Email us direct (or call!) with the choice of the triptych canvas from the range below. Just quote the order code. Your free quality triptych canvas print will be included in your order. Easy.

Three of examples of the free triptychs available below:

(code 426)

(code 410)

(code 151)

Friday, 14 November 2008

Laughing all the way to the canvas art Banksy. Copyright and canvas wall art prints.

Who exactly is laughing all the way to the Banksy?

Ok, lets get this straight we love Banksy. He’s taken the art world by storm with his fabulously controversial graffiti that hits the viewer right between the eyes. The secretive Bristol born artist is a one man PR machine who’s street art images have become a global phenomenon. Stunts like hanging his own artwork in stuffy art galleries, spraying rats on the BBC headquarters, hitting the walls of Palestine and Bethlehem have all added to his notoriety. Driven by the growth of the internet the guy must have become a multi millionaire ten times over.

Like a lot of things in life with fame and fortune you also get frustration. He’s abused the law so he cannot call on the law to protect his artwork. Lots of lucky folks I know who heard about Banksy in his early formative years, when he was just another prankster, own a few of his prints. If they wanted to they could probably pay off half their mortgages if they released them onto the market. So Banksy makes his cash discreetly by releasing a few choice works to the auction houses. Original works with values into the hundreds of thousands… I like to think he uses this cash to fund his globetrotting vandalism crusade and he’s not just some greed sodden bloke who’s brought some country pile now he’s made it.

So what exactly is my problem you might ask? Where is this rant going? Well I want to let you into the problem faced by Banksy and the phenomenon he has created. Have a quick look on ebay and make a search for ‘banksy canvas’ , you might expect to see a few prints being bid up to tens of thousands of pounds. Reality is, you’ll find thousands of mass produced canvases of Banksy’s work. Some of them ripped from the Internet, others photographs taken by the manufacturers themselves. So why don’t ebay sort it out. Pull all these rip offs from their site never to be seen again? Well the ‘law is an a** my friend’ particularly the international laws of copyright.

Its totally illegal to scan an artists artwork without their permission and then start to sell copies. Generally the gallery seeks an artist’s permission and then agrees a level of commission for each reproduction. This is a great relationship and has its routes in the patronage methods of 500 years ago. The artist gets rewarded and also the creative freedom in the future to produce more exciting art. Banksy’s situation is different… as he chooses to place his work in a public place (illegally) then he is in effect giving the right over to the general public to photograph it. The law states that if you photograph anything in a public outdoor setting then you as the photographer owns the rights not Banksy! It’s the same principles as all outdoor architecture. Anyone can photograph the Eiffel Tower or the London Eye and then sell them as prints!

Going back to my original question… who exactly is laughing all the way to the Banksy? Its seems like this loophole in the reproduction of his street art is being fully exploited by most online galleries. Google search ‘Banksy canvas’ and you’ll find hundreds of stores offering Banksy urban art reproduced by the thousand onto canvas. Many people new to the Banksy phenomenon snap these cheap canvases up as they want a Banksy but cant afford the real thing. This practice whilst legal, is not exactly reputable!

So should we sympathise with Banksy in his predicament? Well, If you sleep with a dog expect to get fleas! The Banksy phenomenon has been fuelled by the nature of his street work and also his courtship of the printed media. Its almost impossible to control the outcome as a result. His decision to closely guard his anonymity whilst also aiding his notoriety has effectively taken his power away to take action against the Banksy profiteers.

Our advice is not to fuel the Banksy profiteers by buying these cheap canvas print rip offs. Look out for the next Banksy. Research the street art market… find the street art forums. The ‘woostercollective’ is always a great place to start. Don’t buy a brand name, find art you love and try to make your purchases based on that. You’ll sleep a lot easier in the long run if you follow these simple tips.


Ok... we have taken the plunge into the rivers of the Amazon. You can now buy a selection of our Art By People exclusive canvas art wall prints from Amazon.co.uk.

Unfortunately no free postage on Amazon so we always recommend you buy direct from our on line gallery website. Dip your toe into the water and see what bites has always been out moto.

Art By People.

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Poly V Cotton - Whats right for Canvas Wall Art Prints?

A canvas print generally is available in two types. Poly or cotton.

Poly Canvas:

Generally cheaper than cotton canvas prints. Lightweight at 250gsm which makes it good for shipping. Not best when used for black and white canvas artwork as changes in light conditions can sometimes create issues lon term. Great for artists and photographers wishing to retail work at around the £30 - £50. Often found in places like Ikea and other mass merchandisers. It can feel cheap to touch also, with the tactile nature of canvas art you may have some customers disliking this format.


1. Feels like a cheap canvas
2. Suffers with metamerism
3. Not great for black and whites


1. Price of canvases
2. Can add a canvas coat easily for gloss effects
4. Canvas Can still be hand stretched
5. Good for shipping modern artworks


Cotton canvas comes in various thicknesses and qualities. Genrally a 350gsm canvas is a good sign of quality standards. Look for branded canvas options to avoid cheap imports.


1. Only ever consider if canvas GSM is 350 and above
2. Whiteness is at 90 - 95%
3. Sometimes cotton seeds are visible to the naked eye - although some customers prefer the rugged artist touched canvas look.


1. Genrally good quality and at reasonable price - you get the canvas you pay for!
2. Easy to stretch cotton canvases. Anyone can do it.
3. Easy to purchases
4. Shipping generally not a problem.

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Canvas Wall Art Prints – A revolution in design, decoration and display.

They say a picture paints a thousand words? We agree, and if your talking modern wall pictures for your contemporary home you cant go far wrong than considering a canvas artwork for your living space or office. There are a plethora of canvas art on line galleries small and large out there - all of them offering different services at different prices. This article is aimed at providing a balanced view of what’s hot and what’s not in the world of canvases. We hope these somewhat abstract words of wisdom will help you in your quest to choose a great canvas art print for yourself.

A canvas print, also known as a stretched canvas or canvas art, is the result of an image printed onto a canvas which is stretched, or gallery wrapped onto a frame and displayed. Many sellers offer canvas art either stretched or unstretched. Stretched canvas takes the hassle out of the process for the buyer. Generally the canvas will be ‘wall ready’ straight out of the shipping box. However often you can save a little bit of cash buy asking for your canvas print to be shipped unframed, your print will probably arrive in a tube and you will then need to hand build a frame before hanging. I would always recommend spending a little extra of your hard earned cash on getting your canvas print framed. This way your leaving it to the experts to do what they do best.

Historically reproductions of original artwork have been printed onto canvas for many decades using what’s commonly known as offset printing in the trade. In recent years the industry has exploded with the ever growing popularity of inkjet printers and digital photographic devices. Modern large format printers can print up to huge sizes upto 60 inches in width. This size and scale of canvas printing has meant an almost endless scope for design and decoration of photographic images and artwork. Walk into any contemporary restaurant these days and you can almost guarantee that you will find a huge macro focused image of the chef’s latest culinary delight.

The growth of the internet in the digital age has had huge ramifications for the services that canvas art retailers can offer to their customers. Web 2.0 has meant development of many user generated software packages that allow anyone to load up photos, do basic effects to those pictures and reproduce them as canvas art prints. Some online canvas art sellers do nothing else other than produce artwork generated by users of their websites. Others have huge artwork catalogues that can be reproduced ‘on demand’ for customers rather than having to be pre made. We always recommend when considering which company to buy your canvas art from to check their delivery schedules before purchase. Some offer services within 48 hours others 2 weeks! Go for the 48hour option as weeks can often run unto months as the work builds up over busy periods.

The process of framing a modern canvas print takes skill and experience to achieve a professional quality finish. Make sure the print is tightly stretched over around the sides of a box stretcher frame when you receive it. Good stretcher frames will be professionally, accurately cut with a sloping profile that minimises contact with the front face of the canvas, preventing the impression marks. Without this slope you may find that over years rather than months the impression marks become so bad as to ruin the actual canvas picture. They should also be adjustable, supplied with tensioning wedges in each inside corner that can be tapped in slightly to allow occasional re-tightening of the canvas. To take the perceived risk out of the ‘buying canvas art’ equation look for sellers that offer no quibble money back guarantees for a period of time after receipt. Not only can you check out the quality against what we recommend in this article but you can also ‘live with’ the canvas wall artwork for a few days to check it matches your wall d├ęcor and contemporary furnishings.

So what type of canvas art seller is best I hear you cry? Unfortunately we don’t have a finite answer for that question but we have a few thoughts on things to look out for. Most wall canvas sellers come from a printing background… great you might think, what could go wrong? Well have a think, and look at the actual artwork they have on offer and compare it to other canvas sellers. You will see some similarities as they will probably buy images from stock photography sellers. As a piece of ‘art’ these canvas prints will be worthless over the long term. They lack a little integrity as they wont be limited editions signed by the artist, as there is no artist! Look out for information on artists, limited edition numbers and so forth, this is usually a good sign for the longevity of value for your canvas wall artwork. Make sure your canvas art retailer has one foot in the printing industry and the other dipped into the art world galaxy!

Monday, 27 October 2008

Cheap Canvas Wall Art - but we never stint on our canvases quality

We are often asked by Customers browsing are online canvas wall art prints gallery if the quality of our products are really that good as our prices are so competitive. A resounding 'yes' is the answer that is always proudly delivered.

Experience and knowledge of the canvas wall art world are key in us being able to offer quality exclusive artwork at a price that is rarely beaten by our competitors. Our manufacturing materials are brought in bulk as we continue to grow as a business. These cost saving are always passed on to our UK canvas art customers. Our sentiment is to create happy customers not browsers ... a happy customer with a great canvas product purchased at a very reasonable price is likely to tell five of their friends about us. With a customer database into the thousands our artistic mission seems to be working so far...

Whats more we offer all of our canvases with a guarantee to you. If you buy anything and then decide you dont like it when you actually get it home then we will provide a full refund within 21 days. Just get the canvas wall art goods back to us in the same perfect condition that they were sent.

Being 'Proud' is a key thing here at Art By People - proud we deliver a great canvas wall art product at a great price to our customers. This 'proudness' helps us to grow.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Hare Canvas Art - Animal Prints & Pictures for your Wall

At Art by People we are always on the look out for canvas art pictures that really fit into modern & traditional interiors and are in tune with the interests of today. None more so, that the current picture fascination with that ancient of all creatures, the hare.

In ancient times hares were believed to be the embodiment of Epona, the Goddess of the Moon. This was because they were observed during Autumn and Winter months to sit and stare at the moon, trying to see their own image. When Spring came, the spirit of Epona had entered them and manifest itself in the wild dancing, chasing and boxing of the Mad March Hare.We also discovered that Ojibwe tribe of the Western Great Lakes, Minnesota and North Dakota, consider the hare to have been the first teacher of animals and plants and founder of the art of decoration.

Our artists Martin Shelley and Brian Hollingworth have create pictures that reflect this hare mythology. These are exclusive to us we hope you enjoy !

Mountain Bike Canvas Art - Off the wall or what?

We like to be exclusive in what we do... there aren't many other online galleries that produce mountain bike canvas art work of the qulity of ours. If your a mountain biker, or no someone who is... then you might want to consider our classy canvas art prints range.

Our artwork allows you to bring the adrenalin of the outdoor steep decent into your lounge. Feel the mud and buzz of the countryside with our contemporary range of modern mountain bike canvases.

VW Canvas Wall Art. Volkswagen Campervan Art Picture Specialists.

The iconic VW campervan, one of our favourite retro style objects - treat yourself to some of our VW wall art pictures. We have a large range of classic splitscreen canvases for sale in our store. Some of them are created digitally by our expert designers but our favourite eminates from the brush strokes of one of our highly talented artists (left). Its got great colours and is offered in at a generous size of 50 x 60cm. Perfect to fit the most akward of walls.

Elephant Art on Canvas - Bag a picture for your wall.

The Art By People team love their animals. We are based in rural Malmesbury (Wiltshire) and we are surrounded by the 'picture postcard' fruits of englishness... cows, deer, hare, buzzards and pheasants!

That doesnt stop our art from branching further a field to the vast lands of Africa. Brian Hollingworth, the grandad artist of our business is a specialist in everything elephant, from sculptures, sketchs to paintings. His elephant canvas pictures in our on line art gallery our one of our most popular prints. They are collected internationally and all fit together to make a great elephant art collection.

Want a banksy canvas? Dont buy a ripped off print. Buy original street art on canvas.

This post is a bit of a rant... rage against the rip offs. Most of our competitors sell banksy graffiti art on canvas. His street art work blown up and reproduced by the million. We love Banksy hes the absolute super star in urban art world these days but hes become a cash cow for many unscrupulous folk. We decided not to follow this dodgy route and unearthed our own artist Syd TV. Hes been featured on BBC TV and on the Wooster Collective with some of his latest work. Did you see his Jay Zeavis piece for this years Glastonbury Arts Fesitval? Below:

We have a series of original street art canvases available in our on line gallery

from Syd TV. They are all signed by the artist and you never know.... could be worth something in a few years time. You can see more of his art adventures at his website channel Syd TV.

Cheap Canvas Art Gift for the Mother In law? A brown wall triptych! Picture her joy on Christmas day!

Its getting towards that time of the year when your probably starting to think about what to buy the mother in law for Christmas. We are biased of course but could we be so rude as to recommend a triptych artwork from our contemporary range of brown canvas wall art??? Our most popular triptych / triple piece canvas art has been created from an original painting by Martin Shelley below:

Its always a t a great price in our cheap canvas art store. We have lots of other contemporary pieces in our gallery. Why not click this link to see our full range of abstract canvases.

Saturday, 18 October 2008


Canvas lovers, you wont find any scarface wall art at a cheaper price than this. From now and up to Christmas 2008 we are offering this classic movie art picture at just £17.50 including delivery. The red classic canvas art picture features Al Pacino as the ultimate gangster Tony Montana. Say hell to my litte friend... a perfect gift for all lads pads!

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

No Surfing this year? Our surf canvas art range could be the answer...

You might be in a similar predicament as the team here at Art By People. With all the excitement involved in running the business, developing our website, and a couple of marriage proposals and weddings into the mix, we have let things slip on the surfing front (we enjoy surfing but lack talent!). Owning your own canvas art business is meant to free up time to do what you want when you want. In fact, our first 'board meeting' was done on the waves of Croyde beach cornwall! ... in reality however, as we find more and more customers we tend to spend more and more time in the office.... get the violins out.

We have a remedy for this issue that we call 'notenoughsurfingitus' , hang more and more surfboard artwork on your wall. Sit back, and imagine the waves and taste the saltwater... its not as good as the real thing but comes a close second place.

We have developed a huge modern contemporary range of surf canvases ranging from photographic scenes to hughly detailed and colourful digital illustrations. Each wall canvas is different in style but united by our lover of surfboarding and the life it represents.

Click to view: Surf and surfing canvas art range

Hope you agree... Adios. ABP.

Friday, 10 October 2008


Some advice on our ranges of wall art products canvas lovers...

At school if you were branded square it meant 'seriously uncool'... Being labled square in the world of canvases means just one thing 'Cool!'

Art By People have about 70 Retro shaped canvases 50 x 50 cm with a deep chunky 4 cm frame. We did this for a reason... to help our customers buid up a string of wall canvases that fit together whatever the content or colour. Just mix and match in our retro category, your sure to find something perfect for you:

Click here for info Our full range of square wall art

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Thursday, 2 October 2008

Boba Fett - Iconic Star Wars Character Captured on Canvas


Are you a Star Wars fan? Had a favorite character as a kid? Usually figuring highly in peoples top ten comes Boba Fett, the mysterious jet packed bounty hunter that features in two of the original (and best!) Star Wars films. Hes the dude that caught Han Solo and arranged his carbonite deep freeze for Jabba.

A 'trade' canvas art customer called us a while back with a challenge ... he had booked the actor Jeremy Bulloch (the man behind the mask) to come to his store, meet Star Wars fans, and sign merchandise. Our customer thought it would be great to have some quality Star Wars canvas art prints he could then ask Jeremey (politely!) to sign. We supplied a number of professionally designed canvases at a great price... and we are told lots of Star Wars fans went home very happy! (I wonder how much they fetch on ebay?) Heres Jeremy to the right, signing our quality retro canvas art prints.

The moral of the story is... if you want to buy canvas art in quantities over five, then contact us as we pride ourselves in having the flexibility to do you a great price deal.
PS - Heres a link that proves that fella above really is Boba Fett!

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Tuesday, 30 September 2008


Ok canvas art lovers, we have made our wall art business even easier to purchase contemporary prints from. Our full range of canvases now come with FREE POSTAGE as standard. The price on the product is the price you pay - keep it simple I say! Combined with our Autumn half price sale there are some absolute bargains to be had. As ever email us at arbypeople@googlemail.com or call us Monday to Friday o 01666 829159 if you have any further queries.

Art By People.

Friday, 26 September 2008

Canvas Wall Art - How's it hanging? Tips and Hints.

Firstly, make sure you hang your canvas art in full view!

Always ensure that you have a central wall point for the canvas so that you can stand back and fully appreciate it. Ensure that your art has a good 'viewing area'.
Avoid things like hanging large canvas prints in narrow corridors, as you won't be able to stand far back enough to take in the full image properly.
As a general rule, add the height and width of a print together, then ensure that you can stand at least that distance back from the wall on which you want to hang your print. For example if you have a large print, say 100cm by 100cm, then ideally you would need to be able to stand back at least 200cm to view it properly. However a smaller print, say one from our 50cm x 50cm range, is much more suited to a narrow hallway, corridor or bathroom.

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Thursday, 25 September 2008

Art By People - Canvas Art Print Sale Extended

Hello all. Great news to all our canvas art customers. Our 50% off sale has been extended for the Autumn months. So snuggle up in front of the fire, and gaze lovingly at your canvas wall art knowing you've got a bargain. The 50% half price reduction is across all out products. All you need to do is find a canvas picture you love :)

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Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Syd TV's Credit Crunch-ed hits Wooster Collective

Some great news for one of the first artists we signed up (wth a packet of crisps and a round of drinks). After a few attempts he has managed to get one of his street art graffiti videos his videos have been viewed by 70,000 + in one year) featured on the http://www.woostercollective.com/ , the most popular global forum for all things urban art. Heres the video:

We hope this is just the beginning for this talented artist in his quest to do something different in the street art scene. We have lots of art by Syd TV on our site http://www.artbypeople.co.uk/ , you can also see his full range of art experiments on his channel http://www.syd.tv/ . Enjoy. The team at Art By People.

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Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Artist Focus: Brian Hollingworth

Brian's one of longest serving artists and is multi talented in his artistic skills. A professional artist for over 30 years specialising in sculpture using clay. Brian makes, paints and draws what he loves and you'll often find elements of humour and surprise in his work. For the past 10 years his focus has largely been on all things animal. His animal scupltures have been sold worldwide through his website http://www.animalsculpture.btinternet.co.uk/ and various galleries. Art By People are proud to represent Brians work with a beautiful set of limited edition canvas art prints of animals he loves. Check the website http://www.artbypeople.co.uk/ to see his stunning elephant pictures, some sketched some painted, all completed to an excpetional standard by this multi talented artist.

Heres a very short video clip of Brian at work mid way through a Pola Bear sculpture:

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Thursday, 29 May 2008

Artist Beryl Cook dies at the grand old age of 81

Beryl Cook sadly passed away in her sleep yesterday. Cook was renowned for her picture postcard, fun loving, larger than life portraits and scenes. Overlooked throughout her career by the art establishment but loved by her many fans.

We like Beryl because of her single minded attitude in the face of criticism. She painted what she loved, always happy scenes that she thought others might enjoy. Perfectly in line with our thinking... love the art, then read what the art critics say... (consider this when viewing our gallery.)

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Jimi Hendrix - Digital Illustration by 'Po'

Thought we'd showcase one of favourite 'Art By People' canvas art prints. Its by 'Po'. a young man with bags of digital design talent and an imagination to match. A Jimi Hendrix picture is a must for online art galleries. Usually its a black and white picture with a few simple photo shop tweaks. Po went mental on his design and completely remastered a classic Hendrix pose. Psychedelic to the max with meaningful abstract additions. And if you have forgotten just how good Hendrix was, click this video like to the legendary Isle of Wight ''All along the watchtower' performance. They don't make em like the used to...

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Tuesday, 27 May 2008

A cool street art video doing the rounds on the net...

I was lucky enough to come across Blu's work a few years back. Street artist from Bologna from Italy. From following his blog I believe it took him 5 months to complete in total... done in Buones Aries Argentina.

His work is basically mental... impressive to follow although one criticism is I sometimes find it difficult to glean a meaning.

Street Art - The beginning of the end, or the beginning of the start.

This came on our radar last week. Street Art, by definition has its origins outside the art galleries and the establishment. Its seem like the Tate has caught the bug:


We think its just the beginning... it comes back to the people. What the people like the people get... the Tate has reacted to the scene, the scene was created by the people... fans and graffiti artists.

Art By People - Why we are different...

Hello People. Hope you like our website http://www.artbypeople.co.uk/ , thats where we showcase our art and reproduce original artworks as canvas art prints. We like canvas art as it takes the fuss out of framing for our customers... it takes seconds to hang, and looks great for a lifetime.

This blog is more of a rambling affair. Art is a creative and vast subject and inspiration can come from the strangest of places. Some of the posts will be random, some will be very specific to our business.

Anyway, in a nutshell our business has its roots in the production of original art. When we first had the idea of starting our own online business (back in 2004) we trawled the web looking at whats was on offer. To our surprise, its dominated by print companies that have diversified into selling prints. The prints are often purchased from stock photography sites and reproduced by the million. Our art is sourced direct from artists with a diverse range of talents... we then take those originals and turn them into canvas prints. We hope our prints have value to you in the longterm as our business grows.

The name 'Art By People' comes from our deep rooted belief that art on your walls should be admired regardless of the artists name but more from the quality of the picture. We are always on the look out for new talent and we encourage you to contact us if you are interested in sharing your work with us, you can email us at artbypeople@googlemail.com.

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