CryptoArt Sundays: Interview with Nuwan Shilpa

Last week, Nuwan Shilpa published a hashtag on Telegram that went viral. This was an interview with her about the crypto art world and how she became involved in it.

Another round of CryptoArt Sundays is upon us! Today, I’d like to introduce you to Nuwan Shilpa, a gifted psychedelic and visionary artist from Sri Lanka.

Nuwan has become a dedicated follower of psychedelic and visionary states of consciousness as a path to the sublime. Their artworks are essentially digital mind excursions inspired by their awareness of liberal spiritual aspects, and they are an expression of this search. Yes, those are very remarkable items!

Let’s take a look at their NFT art adventure together!

How did you learn about the NFT industry? 

I’d heard of NFTs before but never paid attention to them. It wasn’t until September of 2021 that I realized the importance of NFTs for artists. I contacted Outpsyd, who provided me with a brief introduction and expertise to help me get started on my NFT art adventure.

What made you want to make your own NFTs?

First and foremost, the work I make has a digital provenance. For me, the concept that digital artwork may have a genuine provenance on par with, if not better than, tangible pieces was revolutionary!

Second, as a psychedelic and visionary artist, the concept of decentralization fits well with my vision.

Third, being a member of a genuinely global art movement and community has given me the opportunity to associate with and know so many artists before I became active in the NFT area. And these aren’t simply likes and followers, but deep connections.

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How often do you produce?

As often as I am able. My head is continuously working with ideation processes, even when I’m not sitting at the computer doing art.

How do you come up with ideas?

Wonderful question! Experimentation is essential. My creative process is pretty irregular; practically all of my work starts with images that I take. And I put it on the computer and start experimenting with it, and an idea emerges, which I pursue. I frequently perceive myself as a facilitator and mediator for the art to materialize into this world, rather than a creator.

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Do you have any CryptoArtists with whom you’d want to collaborate?

There are several! It’s almost too much! Ben Ridgeway, Filip Zaruba, and Jake Kobrin spring to mind as artists I’d want to collaborate with in the areas of psychedelic and visionary art.

psynft.xyz is a fantastic site for finding visionary artists as a side remark.

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What do you believe CryptoArt’s future will be like?

I can only speculate. I’ve lately discovered that NFTs have more potential than merely being art. I’m quite enthusiastic about the utility value, programmability, and interaction! It will undoubtedly bring in a new age in art, and it has already begun!

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What are your current projects?

In terms of creativity, I’m now exploring with AI art. It never ceases to amaze me with its adaptability. I’m beginning with my own artwork and then utilizing AI as a tool to go further into the works. Within my job, I’m uncovering new aspects!

I also have a few ideas for new art works, but I don’t have the technical know-how to put them together, so I’m studying 3D modeling and animation.

In terms of NFT, I’m looking at the potential of minting using my own smart contracts in order to achieve platform independence.

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Where can collectors learn more about your work?

On my website, as well as the Foundation and OpenSea.

 

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