HEES. “Grow”, 2022. Still from the NFT animation video.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

This fall, HEES, in partnership with Aktion Art and Culture Pulse, released an exclusive, limited-edition set of seven NFTs to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, North Carolina. This release marks the first time a US-based museum has previewed a set of NFTs by an American artist. The NFT HEES will be on view until January 2, 2023 in “Pop to Now: Warhol and His Legacy” in a group show featuring works by Andy Warhol, Basquiat, Keith Haring, Kristin McIver and ThankYouX.

Alongside his large-format paintings on display at the museum, a projection room presents HEES animations, his seven NFTs on the theme of humanity: “Human”, “Grow”, “No Limits”, “Energy”, “Laws “, “Prism” and “Life”. The number seven centers the artistic practice of HESS; there are seven attributes of physicality, seven musical notes in a heptatonic scale, seven prismatic colors, seven is the PH balance of pure water, seven continents. seven oceans divided, and seven days in a week. These ingredients of life – geographical, natural and creative – are also reflected in the HEES signature whose five bars represent time, energy, sight, sound and physicality. Clues and references to these elements are cleverly coded into numbers and symbology in the animated works

Accompanied by a quote and musical score for each of the seven NFTs listed on Culture Pulse, “The NFT Arena has given me an exciting new platform to get my message out to the public. It also gave me many new tools to create,” explains the artist.

The HEES collection of seven NFTs reflects her journey of self-realization and healing. The artist’s life changed dramatically when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013. Unable to work and facing personal and financial ruin, he went through a period of tremendous hardship and personal transformation through which he discovered a renewed passion for painting. His works became the centerpieces of his healing process, and HEES poured his love, his light, his will to live and his hope for a better life into them. HEES stands apart from most NFTs on the market because of its commitment to reminding people what it means to be human.

Additionally, Culture Pulse released two other NFT HEES focusing on the power of music in relation to its effect on the human experience. NFT’s inspiring series creates a fully immersive experience rooted in meaning. Originally conceived as a photography project, HEES traveled to hard-to-reach areas with awe-inspiring landscapes such as Joshua Tree, Glamis Dunes, Salton Sea, a dry and cracked lake bed outside of Vegas, train tracks near the Trona Pinnacles and the rocky west. coast with his camera. Exploring the NFTs HEES decided to revisit this imagery using it to show how music transcends all boundaries. “Even the universe has a hum,” he reminds us. “The Power of Music Will Guide You Home” consists of a digital film of a guitar moving towards the viewer through water with effects created in post-production. Poetically, the audio accompanying the NFT is strong wind. While “Music Transcends” is a visual and auditory journey through the artist’s mental landscape.

See the NFTs here. l Follow HEES on Instagram here.

About the artist

HEES is a self-taught contemporary artist whose work specializes in themes that deal with what it means to be human. Born in 1962 in Corpus Christi, Texas, HEES began his career as a painter, makeup artist, photographer, brand consultant, creative director and producer. During his 30 year career in beauty and photography, he has worked with some of the world’s biggest brands such as; Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch, BELK, STILA, Kevyn Aucoin Beauty, E Entertainment and many more. He has photographed some of the biggest names in entertainment including Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Annie Lennox, Lisa Marie Presley, Fergie, EG Daily and Christina Aguilera. However, his painting has always remained his passion, and the dearest to his heart throughout his career as a photographer.

HEES’ positive messages and intriguing painting techniques propelled him onto the international art scene. Bought by many major collectors around the world, HEES finds itself overwhelmed with demand. He donated his paintings to charity and raised over $100,000 for the AMFAR gala and the Norton Museum 80th Anniversary Art Auction. He is currently exhibiting at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in the exhibition “Pop to Now: Warhol and his Legacy” featuring Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, ThankyouX and Kristin McIver. HEES will open its first solo gallery exhibition in November 2022 at Wynn Fine Art in Palm Beach with Aktion Art.

About partners

Cultural impulse connects the world of physical collectibles and digital NFTs. Unique collectibles like game-worn sports memorabilia, beautiful artwork, and more. Build your phygital collection in the physical world and the digital world.

action art is a full-service art gallery, consultancy and dealership specializing in a wide range of works, from emerging contemporary names to museum-quality artists. Founded by Nick Hissom and his partner Kameron Ramirez, their combined experience in art and entertainment is unparalleled, spanning over two decades.

The Bechtler Museum located in Charlotte, NC is the second museum in the United States to be designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta. Its collection includes works by the most important and influential artists of the mid-20th century, including Miró, Giacometti, Picasso, Calder, Hepworth, Nicholson, Warhol, Tinguely, Ernst, Le Corbusier, Chillida and many others. The museum also hosts traveling exhibitions.

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