The gallery has refused to continue producing art as “another marketable commodity”
Pictures On Walls (POW), London’s gallery and print house known for being the first to own Banksy’s prints, as well as produce, promote and distribute works of now renowned urban artists, has announced that it will cease operations on January 22 of this year.
According to a statement on its official website, the decision was made because street art managed to be accepted by mainstream culture, and therefore, the art that POW produced has become “another marketable commodity.” In this regard, the announcement explained that the print house: “has proved unwilling or unable to become the sort of professional retail outlet that services a demand whether our hearts are in it or not. Its time to call it quits.”
The POW file and its authentication process will remain available even if the gallery is closed, and until midnight of its closing date, the print house will have a large number of artworks at liquidation prices.
Pictures On Walls is also renowned for making urban art accessible to all audiences. In an interview for Juxtapoz, Banksy stated that this gallery managed to get art “to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.”