Renowned West Virginia artist Jamie Lester, who designed the Jerry West and Don Knotts sculptures in Morgantown and the Cardinal Rising statue at The Plaza in Beckley, is premiering his paintings in a brand new medium Saturday, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m.
Lester, proprietor of Love Hope Center for the Arts in Fayetteville, has created “Bird Girl,” a non-fungible token (NFT). The assortment options 1,000 totally different digital pictures centered on the theme of a lady in numerous iterations, with birds at her head.
Bird Girl-NFT is Lester’s foray into digital “portray” and NFT.
Lester made Bird Girl-NFT on a program known as Procreate and used iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to attract the photographs. He then created 40 totally different “layers” that might be positioned on the bottom and on the head of the Bird Girl, which serves as a bust or model for all the Bird Girl entities.
His accomplice, Michael Reynolds, downloaded a bit of laptop code and plugged Lester’s drawings into the code in order that it could be randomly distributed and positioned available on the market on the market.
NFT, as the web site techinnovations.info explains, signifies that the token is exclusive and cannot be changed.
“Let’s take Bitcoin, for instance,” the web site posted. “Bitcoin is fungible, since you may commerce your Bitcoin for one more Bitcoin.
“You will find yourself with BitCoin in each circumstances.
“However, NFTs are extra like Yu Gi Oh playing cards, one-of-a-kind buying and selling tokens that, should you commerce one for one more, you’ll obtain a token totally different from the one you gave away.”
NFTs could be JPEG pictures, music or digital art.
The theme of birds runs via a lot of Lester’s work.
He mentioned the Rising Cardinal in The Plaza — a crimson cardinal retreating and changing into extra summary because it goes greater — illustrates his work with totally different chook symbols.
It is becoming that his step into digital art will function a trusted topic.
“The chook woman is a theme that runs actually deep, alongside a bunch of various strains, throughout a bunch of various practices for me, and has lots of which means,” Lester mentioned Friday. “This is a picture I’ve been utilizing for about 15 years.”
Lester first did a sculpture of the chook woman that was about 4 inches tall, when his youngest daughter was 3 years previous.
“She had actually curly hair,” Lester recalled. “I simply sort of changed the hair on her head with these little birds perching throughout her head.”
Since that second, Lester has made work, drawings and bronze and ceramic sculptures of the idea of the lady with the birds on her head, as a crown or ornamentation.
“It naturally has the tie-in with the symbolism that chook and flight has, and so, inevitably, you begin to think about issues like your goals,” he mentioned. “It’s connected to the highest of the top.
“It’s about dreaming, the ability of flight, seeing issues from a special perspective.
“It’s dramatically putting, sort of an arresting picture, but it surely makes us cease and take into consideration what it might imply.
“I wish to preserve issues open-ended so the viewer has lots of room to work,” he added.
Art collectors are buying NFTs. Most notably, 41-year-old artist Mike Winkelmann, generally known as Beeple, bought an NFT in December to an art collector for $69.3 million. Beeple’s NF is the costliest piece of digital art, based on Forbes.com.
Lester’s works in additional conventional media akin to sculpture and portray sometimes promote for at least $1,500. NFT affords a cheaper strategy to accumulate Lester’s works. Some collectors purchase NFTs with the concept of promoting them for a better worth, later, however Lester mentioned that he’s completely satisfied for somebody to buy his work so as to personal it.
While some could also be perplexed by the concept of proudly owning art within the digital world, Lester famous that the NFT could also be printed.
But holding it in its digital kind is efficacious, too.
“The first time I ever heard about it, I simply did not perceive why you’d pay cash for a jpeg or PNG file,” he mentioned. “I needed to find out about the way it was linked to the blockchain (digitally distributed, decentralized, public ledger that exists throughout a community).
“We purchase intangible issues on a regular basis, like a film,” Lester added. “It’s a purely digital and intangible factor, they usually personal it.
“Stocks are a greater instance. They’re completely intangible, but they’re price a sure sum of money.
“NFTs are the identical.”
“Bird Girl-NFT” affords 1,000 digital pictures that might be bought randomly on-line beginning 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15.
To view and buy, collectors go to the web site at www.birdgirl-NFT.com
The web site takes guests via the steps of shopping for Solana (digital cash) and establishing a cryptowallet. The Solana is transferred to the pockets, and a Bird Girl-NFT could also be purchased utilizing Solana. The NFT is delivered to the collector’s crypto pockets.
Buyers might be despatched a random NFT. Lester mentioned there isn’t any significance to the line-up of the Bird Girl NFT pictures.