Welcome to the latest Artist Q&A on CNFT World.
Today we bring you an interview with Charles Gitnick and a first for us, as the interview has been recorded as a video. We hope you enjoy it.
If you’d prefer to read the interview, fear not, we have transcribed it below.
If you missed our previews Meet The Artist posts, you can find them all here.
Meet Charles Gitnick
What’s up everybody over at CNFT world? My name is Charles Gitnick. I’m an artist from Los Angeles, California, where you’re in my studio right now, here in LA. And I’m supposed to answer these questions.
Why don’t you introduce yourself
Being an artist when I was just like five or six years old, messing around with markers and paint. I started doing art shows in my living room for my family and friends when I was like eight or nine. By the time I was 10, I sold my art to strangers on the Venice boardwalk here in California and that was really the start of my art career.
And, you know, that was the first time ever that I showed my paintings to the public and got feedback from strangers and not just feedback from my family members or my friends. Since then, I’ve been fortunate enough to do shows all over the world, Switzerland, Columbia, Monaco, Canada, New York, California, Miami.
My art has taken me to so many places and I’m really grateful for that.
What attracted you to Blockchain and NFTs?
What attracted me to the blockchain and NFTs overall was that it was kind of like a new art form and a new space where people were all excited about art. And I think it was something really new when it first came out at the time that, you know, nobody had ever seen before.
So for me, it was super interesting to learn about it and see what was going on each day, because it was this new, huge thing going on, all based around art, which is my passion.
What NFT projects have you worked on? Any plans to work with others?
I’ve dropped a bunch of NFT projects so far, all based around my “end violence” message, promoting peace over violence.
And most of them, we did replica guns in the NFTs and in the physical paintings, a lot of my NFTs first start out as a physical painting, and then it’s converted into a digital NFT, and I’ve also done other NFTs drops about mental health awareness.
Which I can mention here in this interview, I have a new project coming up, titled Humanity, and it’s going to be all based around mental health with multiple different families, each family being based around feeling or a mental health problem that all of us go through.
There are still a lot of artists that are hesitant to get involved with NFTs. There is a lot of fud around, calling NFTs scams etc. What would you say to an artist who was perhaps on the fence about getting involved with NFTs?
What I can say to an artist who’s on the fence about getting involved with NFTs?
I would just be really careful with how you do your project in particular. It’s only a scam, if you make it a scam, right? So art is something that I’ve dedicated my life to. I’m going to continue to make paintings and make NFTs, and it’s never going to be a scam for me because I’ve dedicated my life to this.
Maybe for some people out there who aren’t extremely dedicated, maybe they’re just in it for a quick buck. Possibly those ones could be scams. In the end, what I’d say to the artists is be confident in yourself, make your art produce your work, just don’t over deliver to your collectors. Make real promises, be true to who you are.
Push real messages and truth to people and make your art, have fun!
Why did you choose Cardano to launch your NFTs over other blockchains?
Going into Cardano over a lot of the other blockchains, like Ethereum or Solana really had to do with me wanting to expand fresh ideas in a close-knit space where they’d be seen. One thing I’ve been doing a lot is combining physical and digital.
Sometimes something I do is when somebody purchases one of my NFTs it will be also shipped with the physical painting that I painted to create that NFT. And that’s just one sense where I was combining the physical with digital. I feel like the Cardano space has been really cool and really, uh, an amazing family for me over the past year that I’ve been involved to push these ideas.
I think everybody is really excited for where we’re going, moving forward.
If you could work on a collaboration with any other NFT artist, who would it be?
If I could do a collaboration with any other NFT artists, who would it be? I’d probably say, now this isn’t particularly an NFT artist, but he has recently done some work in the NFT space. So I would definitely say Damien Hirst, or I would say Murakami, both of those artists I’ve always looked up to and studied.
And I think if the question was, dead or alive artists I’d have to choose Jean-Michel Basquiat because he’s my all-time favorite, but of course he’s not alive in this time. So he can’t be here to talk about NFTs or anything like that. So I guess my answer would be Damien Hirst or Takashi Murakami.
Do you collect NFTs too? If so, what is your favourite?
So far I haven’t been able to collect a ton of my own NFTs. I have some of my own that I’ve created that I have saved. And I have some from other projects like Angel Baby Hit Squad, and, um, by my boy Fettuccine and a few other projects as well. I really want to get more into the space with my own collection and, you know, really get some cool shit.
I hope you guys stay tuned to see my new project coming up, titled Humanity and all the families involved and the whole message that we’re trying to push. I think it’s going to be huge. And I think you guys are really going to like the art and everything we have going on with that project, so stay tuned. I love you guys.
Thank you. CNFT World for having me.