The Citizen (Gauteng)

NFT artist’s Boseman tribute work opens doors to possibilit­ies

- Citizen reporter

NFT 3D artist Andre Oshea and Black NFT Art are pleased to announce A Young Boy’s Dream, a revision of Tribute: Chadwick in Gold, originally commission­ed for the Oscars’ Everyone Wins Nominee Gift Bag by Nomine (Eth).

The NFT action will support the Colon Cancer Foundation, with 50% of the proceeds pledged to fund their invaluable work.

The special edition artwork will be auctioned on MakersPlac­e from the 14th-16th, and will honour the life and accomplish­ments of Chadwick Boseman.

The artwork depicts a young black boy walking in wonderment through the spirit realm, inspired by Boseman’s seminal role in Black Panther.

Each altar he passes is a tribute to a different accomplish­ment or role in Boseman’s life.

The accomplish­ments come to life with movement and sound effects as the young boy walks past.

Andre Oshea said: “My focus when creating this piece was centered around the environmen­t. Creating a world that’s filled with wonderment, legacy and soul.

“It was important to me that this piece felt more like a celebratio­n and education of what one can do when they believe in theircreat­ive abilities.

“Chadwick has set an example for black creatives of all generation­s, and we should carry his torch with us.”

The achievemen­ts depicted in the animation are: James Brown role; Thurgood Marshall role; Jackie Robinson Role; His wedding; Howard University graduation; Levee Green Role (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom).

Oshea is a 28-year-old 3D generalist and animator, who explores themes of futurism andsurreal­ism in his work, with a recurring futuristic figure of a black woman, and suspended objects encased in his rendered new worlds.

Uncovering new dimensions of possibilit­ies through his immersive world-building artworks, Oshea allows us to reimagine new opportunit­ies instead of impossibil­ities.

He is represente­d by Black NFT Art, an NFT creative agency founded by Iris Nevins and Omar Desire. Black NFT Art empowers black artists in the NFT space, and offers a sense of community and support. In April this year, Oshea partnered with Netflix and the Grammy winningpro­ducer Illmind, to produce special edition NFT drops.

Oshea’s notable clients include Adult Swim, Snapchat, Tidal and John Legend. His digital art explores themes related to the future, spirituali­ty, journeys and beauty. His NFTs have recently become very popular leading to over $50 000 (about R699 995) in sales in less than two months. –

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