We are proud to announce that Cryptographs from the artists Adrien Brody and Miss Al Simpson are now on auction at cryptograph.co.
Adrien Brody is an award winning American actor, producer and artist. He received widespread recognition and acclaim after starring in The Pianist, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor at age twenty-nine, making him the youngest actor to ever win in that category. He is a Hollywood icon who has starred in numerous films including; The Thin Red Line, The Village, King Kong, Predators, Midnight In Paris as well as starring in many of Wes Anderson’s iconic movies. Alongside his acting (after being encouraged by an French artist friend of his) Adrien re-discovered painting. He is now an accomplished painter and sculptor and his work has been exhibited at Art Basel in Miami and Frieze Art Week in New York. Art is very much in his DNA given that his mother is a photographer and his father is a talented painter. He has said that painting was something that he always loved when he was younger and that he had dreamt of coming back to one day and so now he is joyfully pursuing his newly re-discovered artistic creativity. He has in the past donated much of his artwork to charity raising significant funds for the causes that he supports and his Cryptograph now represents his first ever piece of digital NFT art.
Adrien Brody’s Cryptograph
Adrien Brody’s Cryptograph is his first ever artwork on the blockchain, it is called Absence of Grandeur. It is a brooding piece of abstract art that depicts a series of dark inky lines spread over a white surface surface creating an effect that looks almost like ice fissures or shattered glass. One can definitely see an element of Pollock in Adrien’s Cryptograph and perhaps also an element of Joan Mitchell. He has masterfully managed to make it look as though his fissures have been dripped or poured onto the canvas when in fact he created it on a tablet using a stylus. Adrien gives no clues as to the meaning behind his Cryptograph and he prefers to let the viewer infer what they will from it.
Absence of Grandeur
Adrien Brody’s Cryptograph is his first ever artwork on the blockchain, it is called Absence of Grandeur. It is a brooding abstract piece that depicts a series of dark inky lines spread over a white surface surface creating an almost shattered glass like effect. There is definitely an element of Pollock in his Cryptograph and he has masterfully managed to make it look as though his lines have been dripped or poured onto a canvas when in fact it was created on a tablet with a stylus. His Cryptograph is supporting the environment and helping to combat climate change.
Miss Al Simpson
Miss Al Simpson (a.k.a Anna Louise Simpson) is an artist based in Edinburgh who loves to use black ink and collage in her work. Her artistic style draws influence from Kippenburger and Rauschenberg and yet is entirely her own. Her work often takes the form of digital collages that are made up of layers of printed materials, found objects, photographs and oil paint. Her work also often has a pseudo graffiti element to it, with a number of her works having a mural quality to them as though they have been spray painted onto concrete. The figures she uses in her artwork often come from vintage movies and fashion magazines and have a fragile quality to them. Her work is well known on many of the crypto art platforms and she has also exhibited at leading contemporary art galleries and at art fairs including Berlin Art Week in 2019 and Art Basel Miami 2019.
Miss Al Simpson’s Cryptograph
Miss Al Simpson’s Cryptograph is inspired by the gracious animal, the Greyhound. In the centre of her artwork you can see a portrait of a Greyhound peering out behind a female figure set amongst a gritty street like background. Miss Al Simpson says that Mythology has always been close to her heart and the classical Greek epic, The Odyssey, is what lies at the heart of her Cryptograph. The title of her piece is ‘Argos Eyes’ which is based upon the moving reunion that occurs between Odysseus and his dog (a greyhound) called Argos after he returns to Ithaca from his long and arduous journey from Troy. As Miss Al Simpson writes:
“When Odysseus finally arrives back at his homeland, reckless suitors have taken over his house in the hope of marrying his wife Penelope. In order to secretly re-enter his house to ultimately spring a surprise attack on the suitors, Odysseus disguises himself as a beggar. As Odysseus approaches his home, he finds Argos (his loyal greyhound) lying neglected on a pile of cow manure, infested with ticks, old and very tired. This is a sharp contrast to the dog Odysseus left behind; Argos used to be known for his speed and strength and his superior tracking skills. Unlike everyone else, Argos recognizes Odysseus at once and he has just enough strength to drop his ears and wag his tail but cannot get up to greet his master. Unable to greet his beloved dog, as this would betray who he really was, Odysseus passes by (but not without shedding a tear) and enters his hall, and Argos dies. The simplicity of the relationship between Argos and Odysseus here allows their reunion to be immediate and sincere. This has to be the most poignant moment of the whole story of the Odyssey. It is only on returning from the adventure that we realise what we have lost in the journey; the thing that was the most loyal and simple of all. The love of a loyal dog. That is the inspiration behind this piece and the, Eyes of Argos, will always depict the true love of friendship.”
Miss Al Simpson has dedicated her Cryptograph to not only her dog, Barney (a Collie Cross), who was her best friend but also to all the other dogs out there in the world who all make our lives so much better.
Adrien Brody and Miss Al Simpson are two accomplished artists who have both produced very beautiful and meaningful Cryptographs. Adrien’s Cryptograph is helping to support the environment and combat climate change and Miss Al Simpson’s is supporting the Greyhound Trust charity, who help look after and re-home retired Greyhounds. We are very proud to have them both on the Cryptograph platform.
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Oscar winning actor and artist Adrien Brody unveils his new immersive art installation, ‘Metamorphosis: Transformations of the Soul,’ at Art New York.
Oscar winning actor, producer and artist Adrien Brody has unveiled his new immersive art installation, ‘Metamorphosis: Transformations of the Soul,’ at Art New York.
Spanning video, sound, collage and paint, the multimedia installation was developed as a meditation on his artistic influences that represents a lifetime of influences, experiences and labors of love. In an act of radical transparency, Brody reveals to viewers the sources of his imagery in the form of intimate and public memories, meant to shed light on the interdependency of artistic mediums and life experiences.
Art New York, presented by Art Miami, returns to Pier 94 for its fourth edition offering noteworthy and fresh works by important artists from the contemporary, modern, post-war and pop eras, and featuring paintings, photography, prints, drawings, design and sculpture. The highly anticipated 2018 edition will see more than 95 international galleries from 30 countries come together to represent over 1,200 artists, including CONTEXT, a platform for a selection of new and established galleries to present emerging, mid-career and cutting-edge talent.
Following the week’s festivities, Brody’s exhibition will continue with forthcoming shows at the Michelangelo Academy of Design in Florence, Italy (2018), and the New York Show (2019).
Thursday, May 3, VIP Preview, 2pm – 5pm; General Admission, 5pm – 8pm; Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, 12pm – 8pm; Sunday, May 6, 12pm – 6pm
Pier 94, 12th Avenue at 55th Street, NY, NY, 10019 artnyfair.com
Via: FAD magazine
Actor Adrien Brody attend Art New York on May 3, 2018 at Pier 94 in New York City.
Actor-turned-artist Adrien Brody will unveil his latest installation on Thursday at Pier 94, we hear. “Metamorphosis: Transformations of the Soul” will be shown at Art New York 2018 (where Brody first showed his work in 2016).
Fair director Nick Korniloff remarked:
“The piece reveals the various sources that have left an indelible mark on him.”
The fair this year has over 95 galleries.
Former Jets great Joe Namath will unveil his new cover of Modern Luxury Palm Beach and draw attention to his eponymous foundation. Expected guests include Tommy Hilfiger and wife Dee, Dorothea Bongiovi and Audrey Gruss.
When: May 3–6 / Thursday: 5–8pm; Friday, Saturday: 12–8pm; Sunday: 12–6pm ($25)
Where: Pier 94 (West Side Highway and West 55th Street, Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan)
Adrien Brody on instagram
Credits: —Alexander Forbes from artsy.net
In 2002, Adrien Brody became the youngest person ever to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, at age 29. He’s a household name for that role, as Polish pianist and composer Wladyslaw Szpilman, in Roman Polanski’s The Pianist. And he has since gone on to star in films such as Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited (2007) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Peter Jackson’s remake of King Kong (2005), and Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris (2011). But two years ago, Brody decided it was time to devote himself to a passion he had long neglected: painting.
It happened by chance. A friend of Brody’s, a French artist, had promised to paint him a piece. After four years, and a period spent out of touch, they finally settled on a time for the work to be completed.
“I built him a large canvas, measured it for the wall,” recalls Brody.
“And I bought some additional canvases in case he wanted to do some additional work and play around. I thought I might help him. And so while he was painting, I started painting some stuff too.” Brody’s friend was adamant that the actor had to continue.
On November, we’re sitting in Shanghai at ART021 art fair as Brody recounts this return to a dormant creativity he had often thought about picking back up but never got around to independently.
“Painting was something that I loved and dreamt of coming back to one day but never did. I think a lot of people have that: maybe they were talented at guitar or they used to sing or they used to draw,” says the 43-year-old actor, glancing at the works he was presenting at the fair in a collaboration with the nonprofit organization Teach for China.
Brody had donated one of the pieces—a lacquered painting of a fish, covered in drips of paint à la Pollock—to the charity, which sends Chinese and American graduates to teach in schools in rural China. This week, similar work is featured as part of David Benrimon’s booth at Art Miami, as part of Miami Art Week.
Painting was something that Brody initially attempted to pursue professionally.
“I had applied to art school and was rejected,” he recounts. Like so many people who neglect or abandon creative passions, the young Brody was impacted by being turned away.
“It’s discouraging in a way when the establishment or teachers criticize your work or dismiss your abilities. Inevitably you take it personally, especially in your adolescence. You’re at a young age where you are dreaming but you’re naturally insecure. Your ideas and your sense of self, none of those are there.”
The actor’s spontaneous painting session came at a particularly opportune time.
“I had been working a lot as an actor and producer, and had just been really immersed in all that,” he says.
But rewarding as this work was, it left him with another urge: “I was bursting with desire to express myself independently. Painting lets me do that without the burden of having a screenwriter, a conversation about a script to make it suit me a bit more, finding a filmmaker that elevates me, and having an editor, and the producers, and the marketing team change the work that I go into doing and then it becoming something else, yet with my name on it. This is my doing.”
Much like when he famously lost 30 pounds and cut ties with his personal life in preparation for his role as a Polish-Jewish musician fleeing the Nazis in The Pianist, Brody has leapt into his artistic career with gusto. And he has been prolific. In Shanghai, the fish we’re sitting amidst reflect the degradation of our ecosystem and the way in which our fast-paced, technology-consumed lives have led us to neglect our inner spiritual consciousness. In previous bodies of work, Brody has created installations out of stuffed animals dressed up like gangbangers to comment on the how the degradation of the nuclear family in urban contexts has contributed to a perpetual cycle of violence and he’s painted burgers and hot dogs in a nod to the ways fast food culture reflects a more overarching shortsightedness when it comes to quality of life, health, and the environment. Ultimately, his work is about self-fulfillment more than it is public acclaim.
“Whether someone appreciates it or not, it’s fine, it’s subjective. But it’s coming from me. And it’s wonderful. The process in and of itself is so exciting and fun.”
Brody credits his artistic adventurousness to his parents.
“I come from a family of artists,” he says. “My mother [Sylvia Plachy] is a photographer and on an artistic and a spiritual level she’s really a guiding light for me. And my father is a very talented painter.” Brody’s father took up painting in earnest after retiring from his job as a public school teacher.
The actor recalls his dad retreating to the attic of their Queens home to spend time with his easel and oils.
“My dedication to a lifetime of pursuing creative output is something that came from my parents. They nurtured me and approved of me doing something that was never going to be easy. They’ve given me the courage to take risks creatively and pursue something without there being a goal of success.”
The intention Brody brings to his work is unimpeachable—especially the way in which he’s marshalled it to raise significant funds for charities. “I should exceed a million dollars in donations this past year,” says Brody.
“That’s not something I could have done had I not taken this on.” Aside from his contributions to Teach for China, he’s helped benefit environmental initiatives, AIDs research, and other youth organizations, working with fellow actor and art collector Leonardo DiCaprio this summer for DiCaprio’s annual auction in St. Tropez. “I’m thrilled. You know, all of it is part of the bigger picture,” he says.
That’s not to say that putting acting somewhat to the side in order to pursue his art work hasn’t come without sacrifice.
“I obviously put down a lot of earning potential for two years to work on what I do creatively and to pursue a greater understanding of myself and a commitment to guiding myself,” he says.
But Brody also notes that the emotional openness and deeper inner consciousness that both acting and painting create each fertilize the other. Acting, says Brody, will always come first for him.
“I am an actor and I’m destined to be an actor. I was already an actor when I was rejected from art school.”
But with painting, he’s revived a dream once put on hold—and set a powerful example for others who may similarly be harboring unfulfilled creative passions.
The actor, producer and Artist, Adrien Brody present his Art Serie “Hooked” for the 1st time in China at the 2016 ART021 Shanghai Exhibition on November 10-11, 2016.
Read more about Adrien Brody at the 2016 Art021 here.
Credits: weibo and instagram accounts.
The actor, producer and Artist, Adrien Brody present his Art Serie “Hooked” for the 1st time in China at the 2016 ART021 Shanghai Exhibition on November 10, 2016.
2016 ART021 Shanghai Exhibition: ART021, is an event held every year in Shanghai, China’s most important city. This year the guest of honor was the artist Adren Brody, who was presenting his second series of paintings to the press and visitors on this city.
There is no doubt that since his debut as an artist last year, Adrien Brody has captivated with his painting.
We show you some photos of the event !!
“Hooked” is his second art serie, presented last May 08 in New York. Previously, the Oscar winner had presented his first series of paintings titled “Hotdogs, Hamburgers and Handguns” at the Art Basel in Miami on 2015.
About his first art serie:
On “Hotdogs, Hamburgers and Handguns” Brody says:
“It’s an exploration of how, in our culture, we gravitate toward instant gratification. That guns are as commonplace as fast food. There’s a parallel between the way we reach for a hamburger to solve our hunger pangs and reach for a handgun to solve greater issues. I also want to delve into the conflicting messages that we receive as a young age, especially as boys, to play with guns.”
Second Art serie “Hooked”
“Hooked” is about fish-inspired paintings, sculptures and even a skateboard. Brody says his inspirations include everything from Japanese koi to Warhol’s 20-year consumption of Campbell’s soup.
“This series references our culture’s evolution to being “hooked” on convenience and instant gratification,” says Brody.
I’ve always loved fish. They are a wonderful example of something so delicate and so bright and alive, in the ocean they exist in the dark depths and I see that as a metaphor for the ability of the spirit and of life to shine bright in the darkness. In my first series, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Handguns, I reflect more on the overt darker elements that I feel are weighing on us in our society. Violence is ever-present and a threat that exists is something that is intangible and something that is very tangible. And in this series I am much more into that, although I touch on a bit of darkness with the carelessness of consumers, a modern world exudes and enables people to be less conscious, be part of what I find important, and the story telling here is we have to acknowledge the lightness within us and also recognize and care for the fragility in the world around us. The fish that live in that world are obviously victimized by our carelessness and perhaps under appreciated. – Adrien Brody (May 2016).
Read more about Adrien Brody’s artwork: clic here.
Photos: weibo accounts.
Credits: By Ángel Elías. May 12, 2016 on: prensalibre.com
Translation by: Adrien Brody Fansite.
The actor and painter Adrien Brody visit Guatemala to donate his artwork to the G & T Continental Foundation, to benefit the National History Museum.
“For me it is important to work and I am grateful to the hospitality of the people in Guatemala. I was impressed with what exists in Guatemala, “Brody said during his speech at the ceremony of the works. Thursday May 12, 2016 at the Gallery El Centro, Zone 1 capital.
“I am delighted the country, mainly in Antigua Guatemala. It’m happy to share and to have the opportunity to work with my art to the museum project, “he added.
In the evening, fellow Spanish artist based in New York, Domingo Zapata, donated works inspired by the Mayan culture. “It is something mystical, the colors of the culture of this country is something that catches. I am very happy to be in such an important place and share with their people, “Zapata said.
“For us it is a real honor to receive tonight the artists Domingo Zapata and Adrien Brody, who make the great honor of being the first to perform an external donation in support of the National History Museum project: Restoration, conservation and Encounter with Our Identity “said Eduardo Cuestas, president of the G & T Continental Foundation.
Adrien Brody is an actor, producer and painter/artist, winner of the Oscar Award for best actor for his performance in the film The Pianist, in 2002. Thus became the youngest player in obtaining this recognition until then, in that category. The sale of works of Adrien Brody will benefit the National History Museum.
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In baseball, they call the guy who can do it all a “Five Tool Player.” In the art world today, those tools belong to Adrien Brody. The Academy Award winner, youngest ever in the Best Actor category, has starred alongside Owen Wilson and Naomi Watts, been directed by legends Woody Allen and Roman Polanski, and was recently nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Harry Houdini. But for Adrien Brody, the magic does not end with acting. When he’s not appearing on the silver screen, Brody is immersed in his other passion: painting. This son of an esteemed photographer is presenting the debut of his second series, “Hooked,” at Art New York, which will take place at Pier 94 on May 3 – 8. The Overhead Compartment was delighted to share a few minutes with this multi-talented artist to learn about his passion, his vision, and his fascination with the tiniest details in the world around him.
The Overhead Compartment with Adrien Brody starts now…
Adrien Brody Debuts Second Painting Series “Hooked”
Art New York
May 3 – 8
Q: How did you find your inspiration for the series Hooked?
AB: I’m constantly searching for inspiration. I think that’s the beauty of art. You see it everywhere if you’re in tune to it, and certain things trigger other thoughts and they can become a cohesive story. I’ve always loved fish. They are a wonderful example of something so delicate and so bright and alive, in the ocean they exist in the dark depths and I see that as a metaphor for the ability of the spirit and of life to shine bright in the darkness. In my first series, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Handguns, I reflect more on the overt darker elements that I feel are weighing on us in our society. Violence is ever-present and a threat that exists is something that is intangible and something that is very tangible. And in this series I am much more into that, although I touch on a bit of darkness with the carelessness of consumers, a modern world exudes and enables people to be less conscious, be part of what I find important, and the story telling here is we have to acknowledge the lightness within us and also recognize and care for the fragility in the world around us. The fish that live in that world are obviously victimized by our carelessness and perhaps under appreciated.
Q: How have your travels inspired your work?
AB: I spend a great deal of time working and living abroad, time in China and Japan and Southeast Asia, I’ve recently been diving in Palau and Micronesia and all of those were inspirations as well on some of my more recent works.
Q: What one message do you hope people take away from experiencing your work?
AB: Well I don’t want to preach, I hope there is a conversation that can be created and I hope that there is an appreciation for the world around us that is somehow overlooked in our daily action, and this is something we all must be conscious of, we are all guilty of it. I’m guilty of it as well. We are consumed with convenience and easy access, I think we have to be conscious of how we consume things and how we are perhaps a bit careless with our actions and how in a way we all have to recognize our accountability. Even if we are not directly affected, we are directly involved in the well being of the world around us and other living beings, our fellow humans and the animals around us. There is a lot of light hearted work that I hope doesn’t get overshadowed by the more social message within the work, but I do feel like both of them are very necessary in my expression.
Q: How would you describe the differences in the creative processes in painting vs acting?
AB: I love and am really grateful for the creative autonomy I have as a painter. I’ve always been very creative and I love film, I love making movies, it’s a true love of mine, but it’s a cumbersome process. Even if you are creating the material and producing the material you rely on so many people, so many departments. At the end of the day your work and your contribution somehow gets muddled and as an artist that is really your responsibility and yours alone and you have to be accountable for it, and yet you have the freedom to create when you are inspired and learn. I think it’s a very generous process for yourself, what you give to yourself, you nuture a freedom that is often encumbered in an art form like cinema, and a gift to others in sharing ideas and things that, language is not even necessary in most cases, like music it really transcends so much. And it’s lovely to sell your work and to be appreciated for your work but it’s also something that is shared and available to anybody who can see it…and that’s a beautiful thing and in today’s world you can really share so much with people.
Q: You posted a picture of your hand covered in paint on your Instagram account and stated “Today was a good day” What did you mean?
AB: You can feel what I’m saying in that, and I’m not even showing my own work or anything. It was so wonderful, there I was covered in paint, It feels so thrilling to be in it and feel it.
Q: How different are the experiences of reaction and criticism to your painting vs your work in film?
AB: I have had a lot of positive responses and inevitably in anything you do there is always going to be a difference of opinion. I think Warhol said it “Spend your time creating art (and I’m paraphrasing), don’t think about it, don’t judge it and keep creating. And while other people are judging it make more art.” And I relate to that…I relate to that with my film work and it’s a different animal but as an artist I keep experimenting and have a lot more creative freedom and that’s what I love and gravitate to it.
Q: Where are some of your favorite places to travel?
AB: Europe and Asia.
Q: What do you never leave home without?
AB: My iPhone.