Trevor Jones hits again: last night a historical auction took place on Nifty Getaway, where the latest NFT animated work by Edinburgh-based artist Trevor Jones smashed all previous sales records in the crypto art space. Jone's 1/1 NFT edition of Picasso's Bull was sold to Somnium Space MOCA for $55,555.55, after an exciting duel with Jason Williams's generous bids.
Besides its auction's success, the artwork in itself brings together a plurality of witty references, combining new technologies with traditional techniques and being, in Jone's words, "inspired by both Picasso's innovative masterpieces, his cubist period in particular, and the fast-paced blockchain and cryptocurrency sector." In fact, the NFT springs from a physical work on canvas combining oil, wax, sand, and the bitcoin white paper, to be featured in a themed exhibition at the Edinburgh University Robotics, AI and Blockchain building (WAYRA UK) later this year.
According to art historian and curator Bill Hare, "playing with Picasso’s eponymous bull image, his trademark fragmented still life and his famous use of collaged pieces of newspaper in the form of ‘journ” (“jou” in French means play, or game), Jones has turned his own pictorial iconography into an intriguing and entertaining puzzle of visual metaphor and puns."
Notably, Picassoìs Bull NFT features the contribution of talented Scottish jazz guitarist Graeme Stephen, who realized the music track for the animation.