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Art Can Open Quite a Few Doors and Opportunities.

Just Ask Todd Williamson

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Todd grew up in a rural area in the South and used his artistic abilities to keep himself occupied as a kid. He had a rock band in high school and was sure he wanted to be a rock star till he left for college!  He attended Belmont University in Nashville, where he majored in music and the arts before moving to Los Angeles.

Growing up in such a rural area, he never imagined he could make a living as an artist. It was beyond what he thought was possible. Although Todd was lucky that his parents were supportive of him being an artist, he had to fight the small town idea of what this was.

In LA, he moved into a small apartment above Sunset Blvd and filled it with large paintings that he created in his spare time to keep the walls from being bare. Over time, people took notice. He began to sell them, and essential collectors started to buy them. At some point, he realized that it was time to be a full-time artist and see what would happen! Scary as hell to leave the security of a paying job for the arts.

Since that time, he has shown in over 125 exhibitions around the world, so it seems like it’s what the universe wanted him to do with his life. He has worked in China, Japan, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, the UAE and has galleries in many major cities in the US.  “One of the most important things that have happened in my career was in 2019 when I was presented the Prize for Creativity award from the Pollock Krasner Foundation!” 

Todd mainly works with oils on canvas but has recently started experimenting with digital art and NFT’s.  His work is influenced a great deal by the Abstract Expressionists of the late ’60s and ’70s.

His paintings are generally large in scale and are created using many layers of oil. The thin layers allow a luminosity within the work, which creates emotions and spiritual depths that are very much a part of what he wants to convey in his career. 

“When I do shows, I ask social questions about who we as a society and to whom we give our power.  Who do we pay attention to, and if they use that power for good or to tear down society?” 

In his show Processional, at the 2019 Venice Biennale, which ended just before the pandemic began, he created seven large artworks where each represented a power broker in our world today.  Oprah, Elon Musk, AOC (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez), the Pope, Kylie Jenner, and Donald Trump.  Their personalities were discussed through the use of color and imagery. Todd used the color to show distinct parts of their characters, and a sword-like image discussed the life path they had chosen. Reds for passion and perseverance, blues for thought and the head, oranges for more primal emotions and characteristics. Todd collaborated with a composer on the exhibition (Greg Walter, UNCSA) to create a unique musical piece to heighten the experience so the emotions of the art could be heard.

“The NFT world strangely came to me!  I had a client who wanted to purchase many of my works and wanted to pay for them with an Idoneus token, an ETH-based token used in the luxury asset world. I knew nothing about ETH and spent eight months researching how to work with cryptocurrencies in my art sales.”

He loved the possibilities that digital and NFTs offered him as an artist and began experimenting with ideas on doing this.  He realized it was a progression of what he was already doing with his art, but it could open up new worlds and possibilities for what he could create! Todd used his paintings as a starting place for the digital work, then animated it and added sound. In recent months, he has been researching the effects of color and sound on the mind and incorporated this into his digital work.  Low-frequency color and sound have been shown to soothe anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and many other issues we deal with, especially as we are coming to the end of the pandemic era.

“Art has always been a catalyst to show the world itself.  Sometimes there is nothing more difficult than looking in a mirror.”

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NFTs for Good Causes will be Showcased at a Hong Kong Event

The usage of digital tokens to advance UN sustainability goals is demonstrated at an NFT art exhibition.

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Christie’s auction house sold a non-fungible token (NFT) image of a green-faced pixel avatar known as ‘Cryptopunk 9997’ for roughly US$4.3 million. Investors and collectors are currently interested in all types of NFTs, whether a simple pixel avatar or a finely crafted digital work of art.

NFTs are proven to be successful digital assets in various areas, including gaming, entertainment, and real estate. But, on the other hand, some people are starting NFTS to support issues like the environment and local communities.

By displaying NFTs for good, a new NFT exhibition in Hong Kong hopes to pioneer that positive spirit. The ImpactNFT Exhibition, which opens this Friday, will allow collectors and NFT aficionados to view and purchase digital artworks based on the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, including climate action, equal access to education, and gender equality.

Genesis Drop is one of the NFT artworks from Project Ark that will be on display during the show, and Romanian culture’s hand-painted eggs inspire it. In addition, project Ark, a carbon-neutral NFT marketplace, donates half of all earnings from Genesis Drop to the WWF in Romania, which is working to return the endangered European Bison back into the wild.

“By creating a win-win for artists, charities, and our partners, we want to show Hong Kong and the rest of the globe the power of NFTs for social and environmental impact,” said Roy Weissbach, Project Ark’s business development advisor.

NFTs from Earth.Org and the charitable art organization Sovereign Art Foundation will be on display, as will artwork by VintageMozart in support of the Nashulai Maasai Conservancy in East Africa NFTs minted for charity by eight Mexican artists.

The South China Morning Post (SCMP), based in Hong Kong, will also highlight its upcoming NFT auction in support of Operation Santa Claus (OSC), including new works by Hong Kong’s iconic visual and performance artist Frog King. SCMP and Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) run Operation Santa Claus every year to raise funds for a local charity.

Aside from displaying NFT artworks, anti-wildlife trafficking organization Break The Chain will host an augmented reality (AR) demonstration produced by gaming and entertainment metaverse portal The Nemesis.

In support of the ImpactNFT exhibition, RioDeFi’s chief marketing officer Stephane Villedieu said,

“The world already knows that blockchain technology provides a decentralized infrastructure for a more transparent, safe, and efficient financial system.”

ImpactNFT Alliance, in collaboration with Project Ark and Sovereign Art Foundation, will curate the exhibition, which will run from October 15 to 24, at the Soho House Hong Kong. Online viewers can watch the show at OpenSea.io, Project-Ark.co, and ImpactNFT.org.

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Shiba Inu Announces an NFT Sale

The $SHIB coin’s developers have announced the launch of a non-fungible token (NFT) sale.

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Shiba Inu announced the launch of an NFT collection called “Shiboshis” in a recent Medium post. The subject of the NFT collection will be similar to that of the SHIB coin, highlighting the coin’s tongue-in-cheek nature.

According to the article, 10,000 Shiboshis will be created for the debut, which will happen this week. Users will acquire NFTs using $LEASH for the first 24-hours, then with a mix of $ETH and $LEASH after that.

According to the post, the first purchase will be made through the ShiboshiSwap website, customized to sell Shiboshis. After that, users will be able to transfer and exchange their NFTs on secondary markets like OpenSea.

The NFT collection will first be sold in tiers, with prices doubling when the first 3,000 Shiboshis are sold.

According to the report,

“Shiboshi costs are based on tiered pricing. The first 3,000 Shiboshis will cost 0.1 Eth (BUT must be purchased in Leash for the first 24 hours). Shout out to XFund once again providing an incredible Oracle to help with this calculation. The next 5,000 Shiboshis will cost 0.2 Eth (in Leash for 24hrs) and the final 2000 Shiboshis will cost 0.3 Eth (in Leash for the first 24hrs).We don’t expect that floor to last for long.”

According to the post, users will be able to rename their Shiboshis with $SHIB, with the spent funds resulting in a coin burn.

The report continues,

“Initially [Shiboshis] just have generic names like 00001, but you can name it Flytoshi Kahn or whatever you like for an additional fee of $100 paid in Shib. Whenever the name is changed, these funds are burnt to the Shib burn wallet. If everyone names their Shiboshis that will be a $1 MILLION dollar burn.”

Shiboshis will eventually be converted to characters in the Shiboshi game, allowing users to deploy their NFTs in strategic gameplay, with each having the potential for unique qualities, according to the blog post.

The Shiba Inu team posted a video yesterday explaining how individuals can purchase $LEASH tokens:

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On Avalanche, the Artist who Painted the Kanye West Mural in Chicago will Offer it as an NFT

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On the Avalanche blockchain, artist Jason Peterson is selling a mural of American rapper Kanye West that he recently painted in Chicago as an NFT.

The NFT will be sold on a new marketplace called YeahProbablyNothing.com, created by Peterson, Kalao, an NFT startup, and Ava Labs, the Avalanche development team.

The NFT auction will begin on October 11 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time and end on October 22 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

The artwork will be linked to the NFT’s owner via a QR code on the actual mural. The NFT’s ownership will be available on the Avalanche blockchain at all times, and if it changes hands, the information associated with the QR code will be updated as well.

Peterson’s first NFT piece is a mural of Kanye West. The artist, who has a million Instagram followers, promises to release more NFTs containing his best pictures.

In a statement, Peterson said,

“Contemporary artists are continuously finding new methods to question the status quo of art and its medium. NFTs introduced an inventive, new medium to the art world, allowing artists to have complete control over the distribution of their work while also allowing them to experiment with new ideas.”

While Ethereum is the foundation for most NFTs today, other blockchains such as Solana, Tezos, and Avalanche appear to be gaining traction in the NFT field. For example, American rapper Doja Cat just debuted her first NFT collection on the Tezos-based OneOf platform. In addition, the Solana blockchain had its first million-dollar NFT sale last month.

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