Click to Enlarge & Listen. NFTipi-001 is the world exclusive, first edition NFT from renowned American artist Tom Gilleon. Reflecting Mr. Gilleon's mastery of color and the Contemporary Western genre—NFTipi-001 is the first of 12 NFTs in Gilleon’s Mountain West suite that will be auctioned once a month over the next 12-months.
“Gilleon’s NFTs are a visual sanctuary. A higher order of experience,” says Marshall Monroe, former Walt Disney Company creative executive and inventor of the PIXoils™ digital art platform. “I call it Romanticism Revival—a new fine art genre for NFTs where a sensory sanctuary transports us out of tech for tech’s sake. In the same way the Romantics of the 18th and 19th centuries rejected industrial-classical constraints in exchange for imagination, reverence for nature, and sovereignty of free expression—we’re opening a portal into a reclaimed universe”.
NFTipi-001 is a collaboration between Gilleon and fellow Disney Imagineer and artist-technologist Marshall Monroe, whose studio is dedicated to transcendent fine art in new emerging forms—from impasto animated pixels to AI robots.
“It seems to me that most NFTs are bought for investment or status. Gilleon’s NFTs will be collected for investment, status, and art appreciation. He will appeal to a whole new group of NFT buyers”, says Texas oilman David Hooper.
Inspired by Gilleon’s love of the Mountain West and its mythical narrative, the Mountain West suite of 12 NFTs are being sold in a Limited Edition of 5 each. The first 3 of 5 will be auctioned individually. The 4th and 5th will be auctioned as two full collections of the Mountain West complete portfolio with matching edition numbers. An exclusive “Artist Proof” of each NFT containing Gilleon’s actual signature will also be auctioned. Purchasers of digital art in Gilleon’s Mountain West suite will be able to unlock access to full quality 4K files to frame and view at their home or office in new digital NFT displays.
“Thomas Moran, Winslow Homer, Warhol, and Basquiat would have been fascinated by this technology. To paint the mountains, sea coasts, Elvis in a gunfight, and cultural subjects not anchored to canvas, but paintings that move with music-—Tom Gilleon is lighting up a new genre and generation of artists.”
- Tamara Ashburn, Expressionist fine art painter
Mr. Gilleon began his fine art career drawing in beach sand with a stick at 5-years old. In 1974, Gilleon’s artwork was brought to the attention of nearby Walt Disney World who hired him to conceptualize designs for the upcoming high-tech EPCOT Center and join Walt Disney Imagineering where he worked alongside some of the most talented fine art painters in the world.
In the 1990s, Gilleon and his family moved to Montana where he began a fine art painting career while still working for Disney. Increasingly, his works portrayed the land and history of the American West in a modernist style.
In 2020, Gilleon transitioned from the production mill of gallery representation to paint only museum quality masterworks in personal representation. Gilleon paintings are in the permanent collection of the Whitney Western Art Museum, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Spirit of the West: Scottsdale Museum of the West, Booth Museum of Western Art, and the C. M. Russell Museum.