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Post-90s fantasy illustrator Vivian Ho and her world of NFT

On the 30th of June, I had the pleasure of being invited to the A2Z Gallery event, thanks to WHYART‘s Yan, where I met Loïc Imberti, the head of sales at Danae.

The A2Z Gallery is described in the article A2Z Gallery – Etsu Egami The secret of Venus, which can be viewed by clicking on the link to the article.

The story still begins in the A2Z Gallery…

As we mentioned earlier, the third floor of this unique art gallery is the event area, where I was able to view the work of another artist, Vivian Ho.

This post-90 artist, is trying to figure out the world of NFT!

Vivian Ho - A2Z Gallery

The event was a collaborative effort between A2Z Gallery and Danae to create a digital artwork of Vivian Ho, which was used by Danae to educate the guests about NFT.

As you can see, this is one of the pieces that has been NFTed, the title of the piece – The One : 

The fish tank has been cleverly transformed into a claw machine, with a quirky kitten across the glass, eagerly awaiting a treat that will soon be at his mouth, with a little fire coming out of it. 

The cat appears as a fortune cat, the fish is depicted as a goldfish signifying good fortune, and if we look closely, we can spot the little man diving!  

The strong anime illustration style, smeared with surrealism, takes us into the artist’s fantastic story.

The One - Vivian
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What is NFT?

NFT is a concept introduced in 2017 and is called Non-Homogenised Currency, an application that extends from the core of blockchain technology.

We see still paintings in reality, processed by the Danae team and uploaded to NFT’s network. If they were uploaded directly to the internet, users would be in copy cat mode (i.e. copy-cat madness, copy and paste) and take the artist’s work for themselves, but with NFT this is a thing of the past.

In layman’s terms, NFT becomes a proof that no matter how many copies there are on the internet, I am the only one who can tell you that the one I have is the real one. If you don’t believe me, you just need to take the proof I have and “notarise” it on the blockchain, while the identical artwork you see elsewhere is a fake.

The uniqueness of artworks, which is of paramount concern to art collectors, has thus been guaranteed by the verifiable NFT. The unreliable uniqueness of digital artworks on the Internet, which has broken the bonds of the virtual world and forced people to re-evaluate their value in terms of a collection.

If you are interested, leave a comment below and if there are more than 20, I will write a separate article for you.

Back to our main character, Vivian Ho.

Vivian Ho (何博欣),also known as Vvn, is a post-90s artist with a quiet personality, but with a lot of tension in her paintings.

It was not only her strength that got her outstanding, but also her determination to never give up, and in the early days of becoming an artist, she looked around for opportunities to actively market her paintings.

Perseverance early in artistic career

When she first decided to launch her career as an artist, Vvn knocked on every gallery in Central and Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, looking for opportunities and organised her first exhibition by herself.

After a difficult start-up period, the opportunity arose, Cuson Lo leads her the way :

Vvn reached out to him through the internet and at first Cuson refused. After repeatedly contacting him, he was invited to the exhibition and was recommended to fellow artists to meet each other and Vvn met many people like herself.

Beside seniors leading the way, she also find out about the artists’ events on social networks, where she can talk to people she know, but also have the awkward experience of not knowing anyone.

Vvn practises oil painting and prepares for exhibitions by painting for more than ten hours a day, and has tried to practise the basics for 50 hours without sleep, thus developing a good control of colour and a keen eye for it.

She recalls that one day when I was looking at the water I thought it was fluorescent green and that’s when I felt I had really entered the realm of painting.

All preparation and dedication is reflected in each of Vvn's works

This is one of her favourite works. By blending and manipulating the different colours of the various parts of the fish head, the scene of dead fish piling up on the street side of the fish market in the 1990s is authentically recreated, giving the human the illusion of time dislocation and spatial shift.

For those who have not lived in Hong Kong, the association with a pile of dirty, smelly, dead fish that has lost its vitality is something most people avoid.

But for Vvn, it is a sight she used to see when she visited the fresh market as a child, and every time she saw it, it meant fish soup for the day; in her eyes, the dead fish heads that fell to the ground were an opportunity for them to touch on some past memories and bring out a sense of vitality and freshness.

Through this work, she hopes to make people realise that perhaps what you see as ugly is beautiful to another, that what you hate can be what others like; that you need to be aware of the limitations of your life, and that behind that awareness is the need for you to have more tolerance and patience, and that this painting simply reminds you of those things you avoid.

Through this work, Vvn’s sensitivity to colour is captured in a way that creates a great experience of tension for the viewer

Achievement through quality and adherence to universal values

This is Vvn in the studio, and without saying that she is a well-known painter, she looks as ordinary as many people in her life.

“I went to the market to see the chickens, the sheep, the pigs, and then I went to see the people, the hawkers you see on the street, and so on.
They have a lot of personality, it’s their character that comes out of them, and that’s the quality I want to bring out through my work.”

It is by putting herself into ordinary lives, by finding unique values in the ordinary world, from the perspective of ordinary people, that Vvn’s characters come from the forms she captures of fascination for others, the moments of forgetfulness when people interact with each other, when they express themselves in the streets.

“I believe in my ideas, especially new ones, and will record my thoughts on the phone, and if an idea is not expressed, I do feel unsettled and all over the place and feel I should get my thoughts out”

Vvn has a lot of ideas and is always pursuing and discovering new ones, but all the objects or pictures he draws are not his own improvisation. When a chicken or a goldfish comes to mind, Vvn doesn’t rush to paint it, she just lets it play around in her mind until at some point, “Okay, they’re ready”, and it naturally appears in the current position in the painting. I think that’s why Vvn’s paintings look full and natural, but not contrived .

Finally

Vivian Ho has come a long way, and despite her many accomplishments, she still continues to create and express her understanding of the world.

Her work carries behind it a philosophy of how she sees the world as a person, and I don’t think anyone would argue that her ideas are not accepted by the mainstream. In fact, there are many places in Hong Kong where her brush has made its mark, even if these works give us the courage to look back at what we don’t want to mention or intentionally ignore.

At this point, the frame is the window through which we glimpse the spiritual core of what she wants to convey.

i don't understand your sorrow

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