As more and more commercial and residential enterprises open in the city, Buffalo pride swells in many different forms. One way for a business or building owner to show off that pride, is in the form of wall art. From large canvases to smaller printed design splashes, the city’s iconic imagery is being transferred onto paper, canvas, tapestries and fabrics, and applied to office walls, common areas, and any other surface that is in need of a print makeover.
One of the businesses that takes care of a lot of this type of mural broadcasting is Buffalo Canvas. Owned and operated by husband and wife team Mark and Jennifer Russell, the company has been creating its fair share of custom print applications over the last four years, and the business is growing.
“We have been working with a lot of commercial clients such as Wegmans,” Mark and Jennifer told me. “They have been using our services for art in their cafés and other parts of their stores. We have also been working with architects and interior designers as well as Kaleida Health and ECMC, McGuire Development, and Buffalo News. We are starting to develop a great client base, and we always have a story to tell.”
A while back, Mark and Jennifer struck up a relationship with the Buffalo History Museum, which has resulted in drumming up classic images of the city. By enlarging the photos and applying them to various surfaces, to be hung in public areas, Buffalo’s history is preserved in the minds of everyone who passes by. The owners have also partnered with a number of local photographers who help to bring the subject matter up to date, and in vibrant living color.
Aside from photos of Buffalo, the creative team also offers up virtually limitless design imagery, which can be used to enhance any office or residential flat. The opportunities are endless. By turning drab walls into stunning works of art, or by giving historic settings the proper finishing touches to emulate the aesthetic essence of days past, Buffalo Canvas is able to take the visual cues that clients dream up, and digitize the creations.
By keeping up to date with the latest print technologies, Buffalo Canvas has been able to increase and retain its corporate clientele, by accommodate tasks both large and small.
Since 2012, Buffalo Canvas has been helping people to apply visual works of art to myriad surfaces throughout the city. Chances are that you have already come across one of their printed creations without even knowing it.
The next time you find yourself starting at a wall, and thinking that there must be something more exciting than paint, don’t forget to check in with Mark and Jennifer who will gladly help you to achieve a more engaging outcome for the surface in question.
Images: Modern day image of Buffalo: Norris Clifton Creative | Restaurant images: Bourbon and Butter, Joe’s Deli, Wegmans | Stadium – Buffalo Aerial Pictures