Our journey started at the end of 2021 when we realized two things:
How innovative NFT technology is and how beautiful digital art can be.
Our mission is to build up one of the largest NFT collections in the world, a collection that features unique and original art from every single nation.
In so doing, we will also reward our supporters by giving them access to a diverse collection that will augment their portfolios and have a platform to showcase it to the world.
Art is a form of expression intended to move us in some way. It makes us feel free, rejuvenated, and euphoric. It breathes life into our being and inspires us to think beyond the here and now, beyond the minutia of every day.
When we fully surrender to its embrace, it can cause profound change within us.
This change could last for an instant or maybe, just maybe it transforms our entire core, and our perspective on life is forever different. This is the kind of feeling or reaction that we want to illicit at The Art Bank.
We have adopted the slogan, the art of change, because we believe so strongly in art's ability to bring about positive change.
The Art Bank supports global artists by investing in art NFTs and making digital art accessible to art lovers, curators, and the general public.
It is an entity that has been designed to not only encourage, support, and reward the NFT creator on Cardano, but also to mesmerize and seduce the viewer, to move the spirit and lull the mind into a deep state of contemplation.
At The Art Bank, we find, frame, and feature the sublime.
Art has had a transformative effect on culture since the early days of our evolution. Like with every art movement before it, we believe that NFTs will have a profound impact on our current culture, not just in the art space but the Internet as a whole.
When we look closely at this renaissance, four macrotrends become evident.
When we look at the timeline representing the evolution of art over the centuries, we can see how much faster art has progressed in the 20th Century, especially the latter half.
Now in the 21st Century, we are even more inundated with different art styles as artists incorporate and harness the algorithmic power of computers — Wikipedia lists no less than 30 art movements arising in the last 20 years.
Digital artists and their work, largely underappreciated by the art world, are finally getting noticed thanks to the surging popularity of NFTs.
But it's not just that art is progressing from one style to the next at a rapid rate, the evolution within a movement is also accelerating.
The NFT market is only a few years old, but we have already seen the progression from simple avatar NFTs to evolutive NFTs which randomly change over time.
NFTs will completely change the way that art is distributed, displayed, and financed.
Firstly, artists will no longer be hostage to the traditional distribution channels because they can now access global markets directly and practically instantly.
Secondly, these new models will allow artists and collectors to split profits more equitably.
Lastly, business models like The Art Banks' will revolutionize the financing of art.
For example, we are taking a slightly higher fee for operating our stake pool and will use those proceeds to purchase NFTs. In return, we will provide all our stakers with privileged access to our collection and network.
As we spend more of our time online, digital clout is becoming a real thing. Having a Bored Ape, a blue-chip NFT collection on Ethereum, as your Twitter avatar is the digital equivalent of sporting a fat Rolex or cruising around in a Porsche.
These digital artefacts are prized for their scarcity and the corresponding status that they project, and because it’s all digital, there are many more eyes on the prize than anything tangible you may own.
Moving paintings, especially masterpieces, around the world is prohibitively expensive because they need to be properly packaged and secured every leg of the journey. Collections are often shipped by sea which could take months.
Then there is the additional hassle of dealing with customs if you cross borders and the temporary storage of the work in warehouses while galleries and museums are prepared for them.
The moving of digital art from one gallery to the next is a little less complicated. In fact, it takes just a few mouse clicks to make it happen, whether it’s curating, renting, or buying and selling.
The risk of damage or theft en-route is also non-existent. This ease of movement is good for the galleries as well as the artist because it means instant access for anyone, anytime, anyplace.
We don't have to traipse off to the museum and compete with the hordes to view a masterpiece, instead, we can view it in the comfort of your own home.
We also don't have to look at our own static canvases every day because our walls will instead be adorned with new artworks as often as we choose.
This is good news not just for our homes, but also for offices, restaurants and hotels who must shell out vast sums not just acquiring a collection but also maintaining it.
Ditching paintings for pixels is a real thing and is happening as we speak.
Whether in the luxury of your own home or in the virtual rooms of the metaverse, digital galleries are destined to replace physical ones. They enable a private contemplation and personal interaction with art which is how art should be experienced.
Echo has robust experience in the banking sector. She is a born leader who operates effortlessly in management positions. When she's not changing the world, one bank at a time, she plays supermom to her 3 children.
Aaron comes from a finance and wine background and lived in China for half his life. He is a keen squash player and amateur actor, who recently played the role of Roman Guard #3 in a Chinese production of Titus Andronicus.
Murray was a degen extraordinaire when NFTs first landed. But after attending Degens Anon, he mostly cured the obsession and now invests in NFT art and baseball cards.
David is a business strategist who lived and worked in China for many years. He is also an amateur paleontologist and has dug up the bones of seven wooly mammoths.
After partying through her 20’s Dani discovered her true nerd self in gaming, birding and thrifting at the age of 30. She’s an early dinner, early riser kinda gal who loves a good problem to trouble shoot. True crime? Hit her up.
Patrick used to run a gold mine and a hotel in Liberia. Now he surfs by day and knits woolen beanies for the local orphanage by night. He also enjoys sky-diving and scrabble.
Cardeeno is a man who can get things done. He was thrice voted action man of the year and when he's not trail blazing up mountains, he teaches self-defense to poodles.
Precious is an editor who hopes to one day cut Spielberg's films. She is also a black belt in Karate, bakes a mean cherry pie and enjoys building tree houses in the forest.
Ramon used to run a hotel in Mozambique but now he is a full time NFT investor and discord mod. He speaks 14 languages and is running for mayor.