CryptoArt Sundays: Interview with J Pierce

Happy Sunday, happy CryptoArt day, happy NFT day! I love CryptoArt and I’m back with this week’s awesome interview featuring the amazing, talented and vibrant JPierce.

JPierce is a pretty big deal, not only in the physical world as an Art Director and Motions Graphic Designer based in LA, but also as an established artist in the CryptoArt scene (with over 139k fans on Instagram). You can find his stunning collection called ‘Portals’ on Nifty Gateway. He has has also collaborated with major names such as Adobe, Elastic, the NFL, and Grammy Award Winning artists, Rodrigo y Gabriela.

What struck me the most and immediately attracted me to his art was the way he uses colours and composition depicting natural themes, a sense of spiritual peace, and sublime energy forms. In the interview he shares what inspires him to create these breathtaking images, what’s in store for him in the future, and the best way for artists to succeed with selling NFTs.

Let’s get to it! And thank you JPierce for sharing your journey with us!

How did you find out about the NFT space, and what attracted you to create your own NFTs?

I have been creating art in a very focused way for around four years, and in the last two years I have been searching for way to make it my full-time job. I’ve tried doing prints and I’ve had a good amount of success selling tutorials and resources, but not enough to replace my career as motion graphics designer. I became aware of NFTs after Beeple’s drop and then Tommy contacted me about my first Nifty drop in November 2020 and shortly after that I signed up for SuperRare. It’s been an amazing journey!

How often do you create?

I try to create something new every day but I am not strictly religious about it. I allow myself to be creative and follow the flow of my energy. However consistently posting every day has helped to keep me accountable to myself and to continue to grow as an artist on a daily basis.

Where do you get inspiration from?

I look at art everywhere I go. I was hugely inspired when I was younger by artists like Roger Dean, and Alex Grey, in how they use fantasy and surrealism to evoke a sense of transcendental awe. I’m also a big fan of looking at nature photography and landscape painting. I love National Geographic, and the Internet is full of incredible imagery from throughout history.

What makes an artist successful in the CryptoArt space?

For artists, especially ones who are not well-established in the art world, it really is all about building connections with other artists and with collectors and with notable people in the space. I really am genuinely interested in watching my fellow artists’ careers blossom so it’s easy for me to be constantly engaged in sharing work and talking about art as well as talking to crypto enthusiasts and collectors who are interested in what comes next.

Are there any CryptoArtists you would love to collaborate with?

I have a ton of collaborations that are either in the works or in planning stages with Ted Chin, Robbie Trevino, nogland, markrenders, smeccea and so many other friends. There’s just so much happening right now it’s hard to get too many projects off the ground! I hope I can work with so many of them and others. It would be a dream to work with Tycho, and we’ve actually chatted so maybe that will happen soon!

What are you currently working on?

At the present moment I am currently working on another drop that’s coming up in exactly one month, and also doing my daily art. Naturally I am also trying to transition into a different working dynamic as I’ve now been able to look at making art full-time so there’s a lot of adjustments to be made in my schedules and boring business stuff ha ha!

Where can collectors buy your work?

Currently I have a lot of pieces available in the open market on Nifty Gateway. I also have currently one piece available on SuperRare as well as several there that are on the secondary market, and two pieces on the secondary market on Foundation.

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