I made a picture from start to finish every single day from May 1st, 2007 - January 7th, 2021.
THE FIRST 5000 DAYS
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IS MIKE WINKELMANN.
If you are a consumer of internet culture, chances are you are already well-aware of Beeple, who has been creating a picture every single day for the last 13 years (5000+ days) and as of late has been the talk of the digital art scene with his recent record breaking auction in December, which resulted in a total of $3.5 million in gross sales in one weekend.
Yet even before his foray into the growing rare digital art market, Beeple has served as a source of constant inspiration for millions of digital art creators and enthusiasts...
single edition creation by Beeple,
sold for $115,000 at auction
Every day for the last 13+ years,
South Carolina graphic designer and motion artist
Mike Winkelmann, better known as Beeple, has been creating a new artwork and posting it online for the world to enjoy - not missing a single day for the past 5,000 straight days. By doing so, Beeple has taken us on an evolutionary journey, not only of his progression and development as an artist, but of our society as a whole.
Beeples artwork is rich with not-so-subtle symbolism, making predictions of tomorrow, based on today’s truths. He addresses a myriad of social contradictions and absurdities, exploring themes like society’s concurrent obsession and fear of technology, desire and resentment towards wealth, and of course the political turbulence of the recent years through a grotesque, hypnotizing, digital style.
Despite his humble, extremely human persona, Beeple has made a major name for himself in the creative world, collaborating with brands like Apple, Space X, Nike, Coca-Cola, Adobe, Pepsi, Samsung and many more.creating concert visuals for Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Childish Gambino, Imagine Dragons, One Direction, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Eminem, Zedd, Skrillex, deadmau5. His artwork was featured on Louis Vuitton’s Women's Spring 2019 ready to wear collection as well as window displays at their flagship stores all over the world.
Education and empowerment are at the center of his craft. Through his everydays, Beeple has demonstrated the power of practice, showing us just how much can be achieved in a single day. His “everyday” journey serves as a major source of inspiration and motivation for aspiring creatives everywhere, providing tangible proof of how hard work and persistence can elevate ones’ practice. The stark difference between Day 1 and Day 5000 highlight Beeple’s immense evolution as an artist, in terms of technical skill, composition and creativity. A classic rags to riches story, the best thing about Beeple is that through his work we realize, we can do it too.
single edition creation by Beeple,
sold for $160,500 at auction
Beeple has provided the digital art community with a vast array of free Creative Commons visuals stemming from his decades of design experience to help them master their craft.
Despite his climactic rise to the top of the digital art food chain, Beeple maintains a strong sense of humanity and accountability, continuously challenging himself to push past his personal bests, and achieve something greater.
THE FIRST 5000 DAYS
An homage to and accumulation of Beeple’s first 5,000 days of “Everydays”, a digital art movement he spearheaded in 2007, this artwork provides an extensive glimpse of Beeple’s artistic journey from his early days of anonymity to today’s Digital Art stardom. A reflection of the power of practice, through this all-encompassing visual journey, viewers are able to travel through time, experiencing an evolution from the bird’s-eye view.
THE DIGITAL FUTURE OF FINE ART
Collecting culture, from paintings to stamps; trading cards to shoes, has been a central part of the human experience for centuries. Despite the development of new digital forms of expression, digital artworks have remained excluded from the collectibles market due to the (previous) lack of ability to guarantee authenticity, uniqueness and provenance of a digital artwork.
Blockchain technology has revolutionized the way that we interact with digital art by making it possible to prove provenance and authenticity, consequently applying principles of scarcity and ownership to digital art for the first time. Today, when you purchase a digital artwork, aka a NFT or Non-Fungible Token, you receive the artwork file containing an unforgeable digital signature from the artist and all creation details (such as time of creation, number of editions and any subsequent sales). These details are permanently attached to the artwork, providing an enduring guarantee of value.
The result is the rapidly growing new digital art market where seven figure artwork sales have become the norm. Art enthusiasts around the world are jumping at the opportunity to join this exciting new movement and own a part of art history. This movement offers an opportunity to interact with a novel medium of artwork in a personal, new way; be the sole or one of the few owners of a coveted digital creation; experience tremendous financial gain on the secondary market; and of course, to support and join the next major art movement.
This is only the beginning of what is sure to be a massive transformation within the art industry, welcome to the future of fine art.
MakersPlace is the premier marketplace for rare digital art. Launched in early 2018 by Yash Nelapati, Ryoma Ito, and Dannie Chu, MakersPlace is considered one of the rare digital art movement’s earliest enablers, paving the way for the immense growth we are seeing within the space. Their mission is simple: enable a vibrant future for digital creativity, by empowering the creators of the world by propelling the rare digital art movement.
Over the past two years, MakersPlace has acted as a bridge between the fine arts and rare digital arts worlds, ushering in and introducing a number of iconic artists to this blossoming movement, such as Shu Lea Cheang, Anna Zhilyaeva, Terry Flaxton, Brendan Dawes, José Delbo and more. Now, MakersPlace has introduced famed digital artist Beeple, and the world of rare digital art, to Christie’s through a momentous partnership.
MakersPlace’s exciting partnership with Christie’s, further encapsulates their mission of empowering digital artists and pushing fine art into the future. Christie’s leap into the world of rare digital art has strengthened the bridge between the traditional and futurized worlds of art, introducing a new audience of enthusiasts into the unimaginable possibilities of this new market, and vice versa. Together, with MakersPlace’s cutting edge technology and exquisite community of artists, and Christie’s unwavering reputation as one of the world’s most pristine and respected fine art auction houses, the two art powerhouses are ready to usher the world into the next phase of fine art.