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Bonsai on blockchain: how Lawrence Rogers is innovating with fully onchain art

An ex-Googler, Lawrence toyed with the idea of working at a start-up after leaving the web2 giant. But after delving deeper into web3, the technologist and creative saw a chance to combine both interests in NFTs. He talks to Steph Kunkel about bringing collaboration and time into his art, creating entirely generative and onchain pieces, why smart contract technology is revolutionary.

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In pursuit of mastery: Adewale Mayowa’s journey from med school to visual artist

Most of Adewale's friends wanted to become doctors. So did he, for a while, until he went on a journey of exploration and found himself struggling to make art. He speaks to Ola Kalejaye about his early days, evolving from a "wack" artist into someone who sells, and why NFTs came at just the right time for him.

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“At a certain point you end up feeling like you're not winning” — in conversation with Angel Ese-Oghene Ikuewan

Rising NFT artist, fashion designer and philanthropic entrepreneur, Angel Ese-Oghene Ikuewan wears many hats. She speaks to Antony Rahman about her journey, using web3 to support Africa’s creative youth, and the intersection of fashion, digital art, and web3.

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Documenting the history of crypto art — Panter Xhita shares her web3 journey

Panter Xhita has made waves in the crypto art space and has collaborated with CoinGecko and CoinDesk to bring her unique style to a broader audience. She speaks to Nina Knaack about equalising opportunity for artists across the world and documenting the history of cryptoart.

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"It is all about the meaning for me" — in conversation with Adrian Pocobelli

The Canadian-born artist brings his cerebral musings and a passion for traditional art and literature into his digital paintings. He speaks to Georgie Miller about finding deep meaning in remixing tradition.

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On-chain anarchy — in conversation with ThankYouX

Starting out stencilling tributes to Andy Warhol, LA-based ThankYouX defies categorisation as an artist. He speaks to Mariquita de Boissière about being early to just about everything: combining graffiti and fine art on-chain, elevating the earliest NFT artists on Clubhouse, and exhibiting one of the world's first combined NFT-physical art exhibitions at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.

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Stepping across the Uncanny Valley with Shavonne Wong

After a decade in fashion photography, Shavonne Wong has dived deep into the world of 3D, synthesising her skill and experience to create lifelike human models. She sits down with fellow NFT Asia founder, Clara Peh, to reflect on how her digital practice has evolved and her year in NFTs thus far.

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Will the real Slimesunday please stand up: How Mike Parisella is defying censorship on-chain

One of the top selling NFT artists on the planet, Slimesunday has developed a cult-following for a style that frequently sees his content removed from web2 social media. He speaks exclusively to Mariquita de Boissière about creating art that fights against censorship, his new collection, SLIMESHOP, and his mission to “turn collectors into artists.”

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“No artist needs to be a starving artist” — how Patrick Amadon combines aesthetics and politics to push web3 forward

Patrick Amadon began making glitch art over ten years ago, making glitched versions of his own paintings and sharing them on Tumblr. In 2020, he saw that everything had changed in the digital art space, and jumped in. He speaks with Misan Harriman about the early days of glitch art, combing his political and aesthetic interests, and contributing to the dialogue. Léa Rose Emery tells the story.

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“I like to think of my art as a way to filter life” — Kidmograph: Apple, Justin Bieber, and now into web3

Born to a technical botanical artist and a stained-glass window painter, Kidmograph has worked with the likes of Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, and Apple, his digital art and 3D GIFs portraying futuristic and acid-inducing surrealism. He speaks to Steph Kunkel about experimenting with a plethora of mediums, his creative approach, and why NFTs are a much needed innovation.

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From keystrokes to brush strokes — how NFTs "freed" Anthony Azekwoh

Anthony Azekwoh's first work as a creator was with words. But the writer was oneday pushed into art after his laptop broke, forcing him to resort to canvas. He speaks to Ola Kalejaye about learning new skills for a new medium, how presenting his work as his 'brand' helped him in web3, and how the art community in Nigeria as been aided by NFTs.

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“When I started minting NFTs, it suddenly all clicked for me” — in conversation with Noortje Stortelder

Dutch-born, Noortje Stortelder combines different techniques across multiple mediums. The digital follows up on the analogue, but can also be a source of inspiration by itself. In conversation with Nina Knaack, she discusses her artistic journey and how making NFTs gave her the recognition and freedom she had been searching for throughout her career.

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You’ll need art on those walls – what does your metaverse look like?

Web2 platforms typically degrade into status games where we’re all competing for an algorithm’s attention. Charlotte Eytan argues that web3 enables a more balanced and accessible environment for art curation, creating an ecosystem where conventionally distinct terms like collecting, curating, and even creating become almost indistinguishable. But this should not stop us recognising the value that curators, with expertise, lived experience, and a trained eye, can bring to the space.

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Inside the project building on Banksy's Walled Off Hotel to inspire a combination between traditional art and NFTs

Banksy's Walled Off Hotel Box Set defines a new landmark for the growing overlap between traditional and NFT art. Launched by LCD Labs, their NFT collection gives collectors a chance to access one of history's most legendary artists — but it leaves them with a choice. Léa Rose Emery explores how the team are distributing 1,000 Banksy artworks, how NFTs and traditional art intersect, and what it means for NFTs.

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How web3 has given Netflix and Nickelodeon animator Brandon Mighty a renewed fearlessness

Humbled by the pioneering community of artists and collectors in web3, Brandon Mighty has been inspired to pursue unadulterated creativity in NFTs, even story ideas that might be “too strange”. Georgie Miller sits down with the animator and illustrator to discuss what it means to further his professional art career from a new experimental perspective.

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“Art saved me in a really profound way” — culture, society, and femininity through the eyes of Tan-Tan

Tan-Tan is synthesising an entirely new style of art on web3. The traditionally-trained Flemish painter speaks to Ola Kalejaye about overcoming imposter syndrome by developing her own style, how her feminism manifests in her art, and how an individual can change society.

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Why Game of Thrones, Disney, and Marvel illustrator Marc Simonetti is adding NFTs to his portfolio

Best known for drawing Game of Thrones' Iron Throne, Marc Simonetti is an exceptionally diverse concept artist, with Aladdin, Aquaman, and Transformers amongst the classics on his resume. Yet it’s in web3 where Marc has found the freedom to fully explore his creativity. He speaks to Steph Kunkel about creating magical worlds we’ve never seen before.

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Ebuka Mordi, the iPhone photographer

Ebuka Mordi prides himself in his ability to "pick up any device" and create an incredible image. To him, what matters is 'how was this photo made?', not 'what was used to take this?' He spoke to Signal about the method behind his rapid success in the space, and why web3 is a much better place to produce his work than in his native Nigeria.

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“Crypto is the protest sign of the 21st century” — how blockchain provided a medium for Robness’ message

ROBNESS was one of the earliest artists to NFTs, but not everyone in the space would call him an artist. The self-proclaimed 'King of Trash Art' is the OG crypto provocateur, and he spoke Ola Kalejaye about what makes art, art, and why blockchain is the natural successor to Occupy Wall Street.

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“We’re always looking for stories” — Henry Daubrez on AI and the art of directing

Henry Daubrez speaks with Léa Rose Emery about the surprising twists of working with AI, the “playground” of Tezos, and the importance of storytelling.

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