In a nascent industry where hype is king, it is refreshing to see an NFT collection that brings authenticity and creative ingenuity to the digital art scene.
Mixed media artist Gabe Weis launched his new Non-Fungible Token (NFT) collection Conscious Lines on August 25, 2022, on NFT marketplace Joepegs on Avalanche. The mint was set at 5 $AVAX and sold out almost instantly. This is a great milestone for Avalanche NFTs as it clears up certain perceptions that people had, that a 5 AVAX mint price for an NFT is too much and won’t get sold.
The value of the NFT collection, which will be randomly revealed in batches of 111 NFTs starting on August 30, has gone up by almost 200% since its mint.
About Conscious Lines NFTs
Inspired by the cubism style that made the likes of Picasso world-famous, Conscious Lines is a collection of 999 original drawings by Gabe Weis, which he created over the course of 16 years.
As of this writing, Conscious Lines has a total volume of 2,372 $AVAX ($53,370), with a floor price of 14.99 $AVAX ($337.27) – up by almost 200% from its original floor price of 5.0 $AVAX ($112.50). The highest priced piece on the platform is listed at 2,000 $AVAX ($45,000), per Joepegs.
About Gabe Weis
Gabe Weis is a self-taught mixed-media artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area, who describes his works as “stream of consciousness meets cubism.” He is also the creator of the NFT art collection “The Stoics.”
Cubism, an approach that gave birth to a 20th century avant garde movement, was made up of some of the most illustrious figures in European painting and sculpture. Names such as Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and Jean Metzinger immediately sprout into mind whenever the topic of cubist art is being discussed.
Abstraction is a common characteristic of cubist art, with the depicted images undergoing fragmentation before being reassembled again to form a surreal quality. Weis’ Conscious Lines has seemingly perfected the style after doing several physical art exhibits during his career.
Weis succeeded in updating a style that bloomed in the early 1900s while giving it a 2020s twist. While he wasn’t exactly reinventing the wheel, Weis took something that really works, and brought it to another level, while incorporating tools of the digital era.
“I’ve never done digital in my life until I bought my first iPad in the first week of April (2021),” Weis said in an August 2021 interview, adding “this is so fun! I finally got all the tools in the toolkit to do amazing things.”
For Weis, the best process to produce his work involves combining the traditional methods that he is accustomed to – such as painting – and then incorporating some digital methods to make them stand out more.
“What I’ve learned, and what I think is exciting about where I’m heading is that I’m taking the high resolution shots, but then I’m kinda digitally remastering it and painting on top of it, to add just a lot of layers,” Weis added.
Even before the release of Conscious Lines, Weis has already been impacting various communities with his art. However, Weis’ works became more far-reaching when he started delving into NFTs, and celebrities began endorsing his work.
Eventually, Weis’ art ended up on the hands of popular figures such as YouTube influencer Gary “Gary Vee” Vaynerchuck, and model/socialite/DJ Paris Hilton, who was spotted in a video clip sometime in June 2021, holding a piece of art by Weis, while mouthing her patented quip “That’s Hot!”
On the blockchain side of things, Weis also caught the attention of Ava Labs Founder and CEO Emin Gün Sirer, who has started showing his support recently by following and sharing the artist’s progress via Twitter.