A digital artist has used online artificial intelligence software and Adobe Photoshop to create a series of portraits of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Leader of the Opposition Anthony Albanese and is offering them for sale on the Opensea NFT marketplace.
The 50 artworks, by Adelaide-based graphic designer and marketer Mark Gamtcheff, have been described as everything from “very clever” and “powerful” to “disturbing” and you can own any of them as an NFT which can be purchased using cryptocurrency.
“Originally I was just experimenting, creating art based on the styles of famous artists using various text prompts. Some versions of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa that artificial intelligence came up with were pretty crazy! They reminded me of the work of Francis Bacon or portraits by Pablo Picasso like The Weeping Woman,” Mr Gamtcheff said.
“I wondered what AI might create if I asked for art based on phrases like “Scomo doesn’t hold a hose” or “Anthony Albanese wants to be Prime Minister”.
“The results were mostly unrecognisable, but with some experimentation and lots of trial and error I got some images that were quite interesting,” he said.
About 1,000 images later, Mr. Gamtcheff had 100 he could take into Adobe Photoshop to enhance, before be whittled the collection down to the 50 best, which he minted as NFTs.
NFTs (non-fungible tokens) are unique digital files on a blockchain that can’t be copied. An NFT can be associated with an image file, a video, a tweet, text on a website or even a physical item.
Because each NFT is unique, ownership of the work can be transferred, although the artist can still retain the copyright, just like a physical artwork. To relate NFTs to physical art collecting, anyone can buy a print of a Van Gogh painting, but only one person can own the original.
The latest bout of NFT mania has involved people paying huge amounts for “Bored Apes”, 10,000 avatars featuring variations of a cartoon ape. Last month, rapper Eminem paid a whopping US$450,000 to acquire Bored Ape No. 9055 which he is using for his Twitter profile picture.
The Australian NFTs are priced from .25 Ethereum which is currently about AUD $1,000 and Mr. Gamtcheff is open to offers on any of the pieces.
When his Scomo & Albo NFTs sell, Mr. Gamtcheff will be looking to donate 10% of the proceeds to supporting the election campaigns of various independent candidates in the forthcoming Federal and South Australian elections.
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