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This Cryptograph is Part 1 of Piers’ Weight Of Inflation Series. A series of works that literally dissects the concept of inflation and the interaction of Crypto and Fiat currencies. The works were designed to reflect how currencies interact with one another, with a specific intention to highlight each individual currency and how it can stand alone to represent the fortunes of the countries it represents. Each sculpture is a metaphor for how all traditional currencies of the world are edging closer to a point of no return and how the digital world is slowly phasing out physical transactions and money; as Piers states ‘’cash passing hand-to-hand is becoming a memory and we should look to embrace new concepts around Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and also how art fits in this new space.’’ Each artwork in the series was designed to be a digital artwork from the outset but each one started out life as a physical 3D sculpture that was created using traditional techniques. Each sculpture was then digitised via 360 degree photography and immortalised as an NFT after which the physical form of the artwork was then subsequently destroyed. In this specific Cryptograph (Part 1 of the series) the artwork depicts the British Pound Sterling, Euro, Taiwan New Dollar and Ethereum currencies that each appear and blend into one another as the piece rotates. As the viewer continues to explore this work further, Piers reveals to us that although each currency can stand alone they are all still at the mercy of one another and subject to greater forces that are beyond each country's individual control, As Piers puts it ‘’The weight of Inflation is already here...’’
Piers Bourke is a British Artist who studied at Chelsea College of Art and UWE Bristol. Previously based in Asia, Piers returned to London at the end of 2018 and works from his studio in London. Piers’ practice combines progressive print and painting techniques with a traditional execution process. His work often has large elements of collage which creates a very sculptural and textured look and feel to his art. Bourke’s practice assimilates a range of skills that he has developed over the course of his career. Alongside his famous Fan Series, Bourke is well known for his iconic depictions of quintessential British imagery, including The Queen’s postage stamp and telephone boxes. Piers Bourke has exhibited all over the world, with previous solo shows at Loughran Gallery, Rebecca Hossack London, New York and The Art Fellas in Singapore. Piers Bourke is a committed philanthropist, and has raised a lot of funds for various charities through the sales of his artworks. Piers turns the traditional and ordinary into the extraordinary through his work, which has become renowned and instantly identifiable as his own, a constant DNA that collectors have come to love and value around the world. His works are collected by a global audience, from hotel groups to private collectors in over 25 countries.
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