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To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Hip-Hop, ASKEM will release his entire Art You Can Hear™ collection in NFT format.
Consisting of 600 images and growing, AYCH is the largest, most culturally significant Hip-Hop Art Collection on Earth. This historic event will give the world a once in a lifetime opportunity to own the definitive artistic immortalisation of Hip Hop & Rap.
Says Askem, “My reason for releasing these as NFTs, is principally to give the public, the world over, a chance to own a piece of ‘Askem Art’ that will be unique to them, as they will be the person to own that unique NFT. Also, with the concept of NFT, the metaverse the blockchain, it being unique, revolutionary and evolving, just as graffiti continues to evolve into the realm of fine art”.
Martin Askem was born in London in 1973, the same year as the birth of Hip Hop. A self-taught artist, he began his art career in 2009 and developed his techniques in surrealism and contemporary modern art. In 2012, after a brief hiatus Askem returned with a reinvented style of art and subject matter, producing a portfolio of work focussed on Hip Hop and rap culture. Drawing on inspiration by Dali, Hergé & Warhol, and musically, by the icons he paints, Martin Askem delivers art in a style he has trademarked Art You Can Hear™
His work has been featured at the Native Tongues exhibition in New York, the MCA Day exhibition in Brooklyn, and the Sight, Sound, Story & Style exhibition in Los Angeles. He was the principal artist for Chuck D’s best-selling book “This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History”, has created cover art for Public Enemy, Kurtis Blow, Mellow Man Ace and more, and has designed merch for the Universal Hip Hop Museum and Big Daddy Kane, among others
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