First for NFT artists as SA gallery goes digital

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First for NFT artists as SA gallery goes digital

Worldart is the first SA gallery to put up artwork for auction as non-fungible tokens

Alexia Walker

Cape Town’s Worldart has become the first SA gallery to go to market with a non-fungible token (NFT) artwork. The piece, which depicts a masked, superhero-styled woman titled Timekeeper 151, was created by Cape Town artist Norman O’Flynn.

It forms part of the Timekeeper series: portraits painted since 2015 in a vivid pop style in which images and slogans have less to do with the subject in the portrait than with the world they live in.

O’Flynn’s NFT is a GIF conversion of the physical painting. The winning bidder will receive the painting as an extra reward and may keep it should the digital work get back onto the market later. Bidding started on Wednesday at $5,000 (about R73,000) on sales platform OpenSea and closes on April 16 at 10pm...

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