NFT Artist Spotlight
Yes, Pfps are cool. But have you seen these artists?
The NFT space is exciting, not because it is allowing us to experiment with new technology, but because it is allowing us to express ourselves through this new technology. Art is thriving and there are hundreds of variations, ideas, and forms that have entered the NFT space already.
In this article, we will find out more about 4 interesting artists. Each with their own style, they are contributing significant value to the NFT and art world.
Amber is an artist and poet that creates simple and abstracted colors juxtaposed alongside powerful words. Amber’s artworks create a relatable, colorful, depiction of womanhood and seek to dismantle social stereotypes against women. Additionally, each of her art pieces is underpinned by the feelings evoked within her and from the colours themselves. Since she entered the space, she has created 6 NFT collections on OpenSea and has another collection on Coinbase, “Just Let Me Paint Sunlight” launching very soon!
How is your art unique and what inspires you?
The loved experiences of women in my life is the main inspiration behind my works; each piece aims to come from an honest authentic place from within myself.
Where do you want to take it in the future?
My goal is to continue to storytell in my works via NFTs; the ability to collaborate and showcase narrative in this space is such a beautiful opportunity.
13 years ago Matt Doogue went through a dark time when he made an attempt on his life. But with willpower, healing, and learning, he carried on. He picked up a camera and his creativity soon began to flow, he was published by national geographic, won countless awards, but above all else, photography saved his life. Since entering the NFT space he has experimented with a number of styles of photography with a primary focus on colours and nature. His work offers a window into a new world, one that reveals the hidden, and the unexpected. Currently, he has 3 separate NFT collections on OpenSea all of which capture art through his lens.
How is your art unique
My art is unique as it offers insight into a world most don't see, a hidden world on the macro scale, stashed away beneath our feet. My macro photography consists of focus stacked images of live creatures. This world is what inspires me. It allows me to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of real life, it helps to keep me grounded. It offers a new perspective and brings much needed awareness to my mindset. I'd love to have an art gallery dedicated to showcasing this hidden world one day.
Indrator is an artist that specializes in voxels and has been creating since the NFT boom in March. Within the vast 3D landscapes and settings that she creates lie deeper meanings, her art is often portraying a story or message as seen within her artwork Drowning. The piece is reflective of how she feels about the NFT space and life in general. Furthermore, she extends the message of her artwork via a medium page, podcast, and blog where she discusses her art, pertinent topics in the space, as well as connecting with other creators. In addition to her work on Known Origin, Indra is currently preparing for a new pfp collection named “Project 52”.
How is your art unique
Being a voxel artist, alot of the most popular voxel art is based on being realistic. Most art is either based on real locations or made to look as natural as possible. I wanted to create things that were fun and colourful and gave more of a stylized cartoon look. Due to my very large scenes, I believe this cartoon look allows me to craft detailed places and cites and keep them charming. My latest piece, the game collection, is based around video games and created several levels from streets of rage, I then added some pixel art and interaction to try and create something new in the voxel space. I think this is what makes my work unique.
What inspires you?
My life is probably the biggest inspiration. Every piece of my work is something I either love or believe in or how I feel. I believe art doesn't always need a deep meaning it can be things you love from your childhood or a piece trying to make someone else relive memories. My night at the movies piece featured over 20 different 80s movies in that scene, and I got lovely comments like I remember that or I watched that when little. Art should sometimes take you back in time or let you relive something. These things inspire me to create moments of my life or how I feel or how I want you to feel when looking at a piece. I also love adding tiny hidden details; I sometimes hide these in pieces my Halloween piece has a small nod and tribute to Torsten, who passed sadly in the space recently. I wanted to add something that will forever be on the blockchain for him. Life inspires me basically.
Jen is not your typical NFT creator or designer, she is a niche artist who utilizes yarn, paint, glue, magazines, and pixels to create her artwork. Through her work, she is demonstrating the potential of the NFT space, branching out from the digital art that heavily dominates the market. From mixed media journals, abstract painting, and even crocheted Hugamonsters, Jen has explored and collaborated with a variety of mediums. This hybrid of art has helped her to curate and advocate for a new title, whereby she is on a mission to support ‘Crypto Crafting’!
How is your art unique and what inspires you?
I’m one of only a few fiber artists creating NFTs right now. Since I started in February 2021 one of my missions has been to support #cryptocrafting and help other crafters and makers in the NFT space - it’s been fun to see new folks enter the space and find lots of success here! I also work in collage and mixed media which stands out in a space that’s so heavily dominated by digital artists. I love playing with new ways to combine analog media with digital and also just showing up with analog work and seeing what happens. My latest obsessions are cutting apart stories from 1930s magazines to rearrange the words into poetry and making collages with security envelopes.
My work is inspired by everyone around me – it’s my way of answering questions I don’t have words for. Hugamonsters were created to help one of my sons who was having a rough time. My words couldn’t help, but a silly little monster lifted his spirits. Life is hard so, especially with my crochet and digital art, I try to create work that makes people smile. Before NFTs my creative community was siloed around the media I created in – I had lots of crochet, mixed media, and collage friends. After joining the NFT community I’ve connected with so many other types of brilliant artists who have inspired me to look at my work differently. This cross-pollination has helped my creative practice grow and evolve and that process has been so much fun!
Where do you want to take your art in the future?
Whew, my project idea list is at least a mile long! I’d love to learn how to create stop motion videos with amigurumi. It would be fun to create crochet wearables and learn how to design their matching digital counterpart in the metaverse. I’ve been toying with the idea of a Hugamonster generative pfp-type project. There are a few crochet plushie collections sketched out for 2022. And I’d love to keep digging into the mixed media, collage, and poetry work I’ve been doing. The thing is, I follow my interests wherever they lead me. Even when I plan things out if a new project grabs my attention I’ve learned I have to just go with it – that’s where my creative happy place is and working in that energy is the most important thing to me. Ultimately, I’d like to be creating full time.
The NFT space has opened up a world of opportunity and talent, where artists and creators are entering from all directions. The artists above have illustrated innovative and emotive ways of displaying their art and are successfully capturing their own stories via NFTs. This is just a window into some of the creativity that has helped to build the space to where it is today!