Trevor Jones is an artist well known for his non-fungible token (NFT) artwork and his use of augmented reality to create contemporary abstract and realist paintings with a focus on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency.
In 2020, Jones's paintings broke NFT auction records. On July 23, his one-of-a-kind piece ‘Picasso’s Bull’ sold for $55,555.55 to Pablo Rodriguez-Fraile of the Museum of Crypto Art (MOCA) on Nifty Gateway.
Trevor graduated from the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art with an MA (Hons) Fine Art with distinction in 2008.
Jones started his career in the art world with seven years spent as a Drawing and Painting instructor at Leith School of Art. This was followed by six years as the director of the national charity Art in Healthcare from 2008 to 2014, where Jones explored the connection between art and physical health and coordinated prestigious exhibitions within hospitals and other healthcare settings throughout the country. After 7 years of working there, Jones left the organization to focus on his art career.
In 2016, he created a series of political portraits on the US elections – including paintings of President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. One individual bought all 10 paintings in the series.
He initially became involved in the blockchain space in June 2017 by investing a little money into cryptocurrency. In 2019, Trevor explained how he went about blending augmented reality into his work: "It’s been a long process. It’s been about six-and-a-half years working with augmented reality and so it’s kind of gone back and forth sometimes."
In 2018, Jones showcased a series of augmented reality oil paintings exhibition called Crypto Disruption in Edinburgh at the Dundas St. Gallery that was specifically focused on a cryptocurrency theme, with works of art titled "The Hodler", "The Bear", and "The Bull".
Other titles of paintings include "Satoshi", "The Agony", "The Ecstasy", "The Genius", and "The Entrepreneur". Several short videos were created in tandem for each painting to better express the meaning or feelings related to the artwork. Viewers can download a special app, CreativMuse, both for Android and Apple, and scan the artworks to engage the AR features.
He revealed that "The Ecstasy" is one painting he really enjoyed creating because it brought together “the old and the new”. "The Ecstasy" is based on a 15th-century sculpture by Gian Lorenzo Bernini called the Ecstasy of Saint Teresa. In particular, he enjoyed “reinventing it, giving it new meaning through cryptocurrency”.
Trevor has another painting in the series called "The HODLer" which represents the virtue of patience, stepping back, conducting due diligence, and having trust in something. He has also painted popular figures in the crypto space including John McAfee, Vitalik Buterin, and Brian Armstrong.
Trevor's latest series consists of 15 paintings. He’s going to be interpreting some particular cryptocurrencies like EOS, Binance Coin, Monero, Litecoin, Bitcoin, and Ethereum. He explained to Coin Rivet that he will be taking "Picasso's cubist style from the early 1900s and then reinterpret the cryptocurrency logos into a cubist style painting".
In 2018, Jones received an invitation for his work to be featured at a U.K crypto conference the following year: “I was invited to show some of my work at CoinFestUK in Manchester in April 2019,” he said. “It was my first crypto conference so there was a lot for me to take in. I ended up chatting with David Moore, the CEO of the NFT art marketplace KnownOrigin. He was trying to explain the concept behind NFTs to me.”
That is when Jones first explored the non-fungible token (NFT). “It was 5 or 6 months after my conversation with David, around September when I began noticing a lot more artists appearing on Crypto Twitter and talking about NFTs and the various marketplaces popping up,” said Jones.
On July 23, 2020, ones’ one-of-a-kind piece ‘Picasso’s Bull’ sold for $55,555.55 to Pablo Rodriguez-Fraile of the Museum of Crypto Art (MOCA) on Nifty Gateway. The marketplace described the transaction as “shattering all previous records for the sale of digital artwork in the form of a non-fungible token” in an August 5 blog post revealing the sale.
In October 2020, a collection of Batman art by Trevor Jones and José Delbo sold for a combined 540.86 ETH, or about $202,000. The art was auctioned on NFT marketplace MakersPlace. There are five pieces in the collection, all animations or PNG files of the Dark Knight. The biggest spender was “Maxstealth,” a pseudonymous collector who also owns a handful of other high-value crypto art pieces. He spent more than $55,000 on a Batman piece titled “Who is the Creator 2.” The highest price was for Genesis, a “striking pencil sketch and powerful inked work … [later] interpreted in oil on canvas,” which sold for 302.5 Ethereum, or about $113,000, at current exchange rates. Maxstealth beat competition from the likes of “Phillector” and “Museum of Crypto” to land the Genesis.
Selected Mixed Exhibitions
- Bitcoin2019 Conference, San Francisco, USA
- CryptoCompare, London, UK
- Coinfest, Manchester, UK
- Edinburgh Art Fair, Corn Exchange
- 'Innerscape', UNIONgallery, Edinburgh
- 'Annual Exhibition', Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh (Art in Healthcare charity fundraiser)
- 'Bridges', Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh (Art in Healthcare charity fundraiser)
- Edinburgh Art Fair, Edinburgh Corn Exchange
- Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival, The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh
- Support in Mind Scotland, Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh
- Edinburgh Art Fair, Corn Exchange
- Group Exhibitions, UNIONgallery, Edinburgh
- "Winter Exhibition" La Galeria 1940, Edinburgh
- 'Christmas Exhibition', UNIONgallery, Edinburgh
- Edinburgh Art Fair', Edinburgh Corn Exchange, Edinburgh
- 'Spring to Summer', Leith Gallery
- '3 Harbours Arts Festival', Port Seton
- 'Bristol Affordable Art Fair, Bristol
- 'Mark of Beauty', UNIONgallery, Edinburgh
- 'Edinburgh Art Fair', Corn Exchange, Edinburgh
- 'The Art of Leith', Out of the Blue, Edinburgh
- 'Plight of the Bumblebee' charity exhibition, UNIONgallery, Edinburgh
- 'Aberdeen Arts Fair', Aberdeen
- 'Usher Hall' solo exhibition, Edinburgh
- 'Small Works', exhibition, Leith School of Art, Edinburgh
- 'Summer Cocktail', UNIONgallery, Edinburgh
- 'Contemporary Scotland', Flaubert Gallery, Edinburgh
- '4+ CLICK - Sargent fundraiser', East Wemyss, Scotland
- ‘New Graduates’, Leith Gallery, Edinburgh
- '20-Year Anniversary', Leith School of Art, Edinburgh
- 'The Edinburgh School of Painting', Lemon Street Gallery, Truro, UK
- 'Expedition’, Leith Gallery, Edinburgh
- ‘Festival Show’, UNIONgallery, Edinburgh
- Chessel Gallery, Edinburgh
- Prince’s Drawing Academy, London
- Matthew Gallery, Edinburgh
- Royal Scottish Academy Student Exhibition, Edinburgh
- Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show
- 2020 'Crypto Picasso', University of Edinburgh, (Opening November)
- 2018 'Disruption: The Art of Blockchain, Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh
- 2017 'Augmented Reality at the Parliament', Hollyrood Parliament, Edinburgh
- 2016 'Would I Lie To You? The Art of Politics and Propaganda', OOTB Drill Hall, Edinburgh
- 2015 '#EdinburghHacked', Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh
- 2014 'Winter', The Leith Gallery, Leith
- 2013 'Storytime and Augmented Reality", Usher Hall, Edinburgh
- 2012 'QR Codes: Technology Meets Art', Usher Hall, Edinburgh
- 2011 'The Poem of Ecstasy', Leith Gallery, Edinburgh
- 2011 'Trees for Life' charity exhibition, Out of the Blue, Edinburgh
- 2010 ‘Synaesthesia’, UNIONgallery, Edinburgh
- 2007 ‘Sick Kids Friends Foundation’ Charity fundraiser, Edinburgh
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Stirling University Less
- Art in Healthcare
- Queen Margaret Hospital, Fife
- Victoria Hospital, Fife
Trevor is originally from Canada.
Trevor revealed that Picasso is one of his art inspirations while David Hockney is another. He is a fan of Hockney because "he’s got to be in his 80s now, and he's continually reinventing himself with interesting technology. He was using his iPad to create artwork when he was in his 70s, which is really cool." Trevor also likes to look at many contemporary artists "for more inspiration to see what these amazing artists are doing today in the world".
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