Can you tell us about your background and what lead you down the path to becoming an artist and ultimately experimenting with NFTs?
As a tradigital artist the move towards NFTs was ultimately an easy decision to make. Shortly after Covid hit and we went into lockdown the bad news of all the cancellations of gallery exhibitions that were scheduled began to come in. It became painfully clear that the new restrictions on everyday life were going to bring the trad-art world to a screeching halt. For a while I continued as I had been to create physical work based on digital designs, expanding on collections that I’d hope to show when the world was right again. This was until a friend got me interested in NBA Top Shots, prior to this I had never heard the term NFT.
Once I had bought my first packs and began to understand what an NFT was, I was hooked, I knew there must be a whole world of NFTs that I didn’t know about. This is when I discovered the art side of digital ownership, and in January 2021 I went all in on NFT art.
When did you mint your first NFT? What platform did you choose and why?
I minted my first NFT in February 2021, for this I chose Rarible. It was either Rarible or Opensea really, and I was not exactly confident about the process yet so it was just 50/50 decision on where I wanted to risk screwing up my first mints.
Can you tell us one thing you cannot live without? (and why)
ice, for obvious reasons.
Who is your favorite artist(s) (Non NFT)? What about their style resonates with you
A list of my favourite artists would be far too exhaustive to bother trying to mention them all, and it would be a disservice just to mention a few. I have no allegiance to any style, time period, place, or subject matter. I know what resonates when I see it. Art that slaps, just slaps.
However, that being said, Caravaggio.
Who is your favourite NFT artist? What makes this artist unique?
Timcet – @eliapelle ; His skill is out of control. His style has all the elements of rich classical works, yet there is an undeniable futuristic through-line to all his pieces that transfixes your mind squarely in the future. As a transhumanist and futurist I find that extremely appealing.
Favourite piece: The Golden Firmness – The Queen
What made you pursue NFT art?
adversity and intrigue
What is the one NFT you wish you had purchased but missed out on
Easy; The Last Stand of the Nation State – Slime Sunday
What are your other passions besides art? Why?
Religion, History, Politics, Technology, Human Nature. I find it a struggle to understand theory of mind and other human beings. Viewing humanity through a longer lens and observing the emergent attitudes and motivations of people across time helps give me a glimpse of what I don’t seem to know intuitively. (In every way these interests are also inextricably linked to my art)
And Horses. I love horses.
How did you come up with your specific style?
Honestly, my style is all over the place. It is the message conveyed by the work where I spend the most time in contemplation and development.
What is coming in the near future?
If you could collaborate with one artist who would it be?
Grimes. In both the spaces where we would agree and disagree there is beauty to be found, and I think important work could come from it.
What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from that?
My greatest failure is being right about people too early, and I am learning to keep my mouth shut.
What is your biggest piece sold
Because of the diversity and barrier free nature of the web3 space, I was able to connect with Joel Zimmerman (Deadmau5) while in the Nifty Gateway Discord. He got to see one of my physical pieces called the “Fratelli Tutti”, connected with it and picked it up right away. Even though the piece is a huge painting and not an NFT it is worth mentioning because it showcases just how unique and unexpected this space is. https://www.instagram.com/p/CNIkLwYHDXP/
Do you have any upcoming drops?
There are projects in the works that are yet to be officially announced, stay tuned! 😉
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