Famous West Virginia artist Jamie Lester, who designed the sculptures of Jerry West and Don Knotts in Morgantown and the Rising Statue of the Cardinal at Beckley Plaza, said in new media on Saturday, January 15th at 11am. The artwork will be unveiled for the first time.
Lester, the owner of the Love Hope Arts Center in Fayetteville, created the Non-Fungible Token (NFT) “Bird Girl”. The collection contains 1,000 digital images with different repetitive female themes, with birds on their heads.
Bird Girl-NFT is Leicester’s digital “painting” and advance into NFT.
Lester created a Bird Girl-NFT with a program called Procreate and used iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil to draw the image. Next, I created 40 different “layers” to be placed on the birdgirl’s base and head. It acts as a bust or mannequin for all Birdgirl entities.
His partner, Michael Reynolds, downloaded the computer code and connected the Leicester drawings to the code so that they could be randomly distributed and sold.
NFT means that tokens are unique and cannot be replaced, as the website techinnovations.info explains.
“Let’s take Bitcoin as an example,” the website posted. “Bitcoin can be replaced because you can exchange Bitcoin for another Bitcoin.
“In both cases, it will end up in Bitcoin.
“But the NFT is like a Yu Gi Oh card, a unique trading token, and when you exchange it, you receive a different token than what you gave it.”
NFTs are JPEG images, music, or digital art.
The bird theme pervades many of Leicester’s works.
He said the Plaza’s Rising Cardinal (the red Cardinal flies and becomes more abstract as it gets higher) shows his work with various bird symbols.
It is appropriate that his steps to digital art feature a credible subject.
“Birdgirl is a theme that runs very deeply and has a lot of meaning along different lines, along a bunch of different practices for me,” Lester said on Friday. “This is the image I’ve been using for about 15 years.”
Lester first sculpted a bird girl about four inches tall when her youngest daughter was three years old.
“She was really curly,” Lester recalled. “I just replaced the hair on her head with these little birds that perched on her entire head.”
From that moment on, Lester created paintings, drawings, bronze and ceramic sculptures of the concept of a woman with a bird on her head as a crown or ornament.
“It is, of course, tied to the symbolism of birds and flight, so inevitably you start thinking of something like your dream,” he said. “It’s on the top of my head.
“It’s about dreaming, the power of flight, seeing things from a different perspective.
“It’s dramatically impressive and a kind of arresting image, but it makes us stop and think about what it means.
“I like keeping things free, so viewers have plenty of room to work,” he added.
Art collectors are buying NFTs. Most notably, 41-year-old artist Mike Winkelmann, known as Beeple, sold the NFT to an art collector for $ 69.3 million in December. According to Forbes.com, Beeple’s NF is the most expensive digital art.
Lester’s work in more traditional media such as sculptures and paintings usually sells for over $ 1,500. NFTs offer a cheaper way to collect Lester’s work. Some collectors buy NFTs with the idea of selling them at a higher price later, but Leicester said he was happy to buy someone to own the work.
Some may be confused by the idea of owning art in the digital world, but Lester said NFTs could be printed.
But it’s also worth keeping it in digital form.
“When I first heard it, I didn’t understand why I was paying for jpeg and PNG files,” he said. “I needed to know how it was connected to the blockchain (digital decentralized, decentralized, public ledger that exists throughout the network).
“We always buy intangible things, like movies,” Lester added. “It’s purely digital and intangible, and they own it.
“Stocks are a better example. They are completely intangible, but still worth a certain amount.
“NFT is the same.”
“Bird Girl-NFT” will provide 1,000 digital images that will be randomly sold online from 11:00 am on Saturday, January 15th.
To browse and purchase, collectors visit the www.birdgirl-NFT.com website.
This site will explain to visitors how to buy Solana (digital coins) and establish a crypto wallet. Solanas will be transferred to your wallet and Birdgirl-NFTs can be purchased using Solanas. NFTs are delivered to the collector’s crypto wallet.
Buyers will be sent a random NFT. Lester said the birdgirl NFT image lineup was meaningless.