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But while galleries and art dealers have mostly replaced this ancient system, a new breed of crowdfunded services like Patreon and Ulule are now lending even more fiscal independence to cash-strapped artists. Despite this liberating disruption in the artist-patron dynamic, such services pose the same risk to the financial security of creatives as the old patronage system, the revised art dealership model capitalism brought, and the crowdsourced funding alternative facilitated by the recent technological boom.
Namely, that the artists are in a chronic threat of having their streams of income severed — at the drop of a hat. But thanks to blockchain tech and cryptocurrencies, creatives might have a new viable option to make ends meet without leaving their fiscal stability in the hands of profit-oriented dealers and corporations.
Boyart recently attracted the attention of the cryptocurrency community after one of his pieces made its way to the top of the Bitcoin discussion board on Reddit. Indeed, numerous Redditors flocked to salute him for his witty use of QR codes as a way of funding his work with Bitcoin donations from inspired passers-by.
Influenced by the the vision of Satoshi Nakamoto and Bitcoin, Boyart has made cryptocurrencies and decentralization a central theme in his work. In his paintings, Bitcoin becomes not only an integral part of the piece itself, but also the very method by which Boyart can profit from his creation.
The QR codes are both his statement against the dangers of central censorship and his weapon of liberation. In this sense, his artistic fascination with the technology is two-fold: This, precisely, is the conundrum Boyart addresses in his mural of esteemed Dutch painter Rembrandt whose life was marked by severe financial hardships despite his undeniable talent. Boyart first got acquainted with Bitcoin in early , but it took him four years to grasp the promise the technology behind it.
Anyone keen on supporting Boyart and his art can find his donation address at his personal website here: Curious to see more of his pieces? Go check out his work on Instagram here. Published May 8, — May 8, — Mix May 8, —