The Bechtler Museum Exhibits LA-based Artist HEES first NFTs


HEES. “Grow”, 2022. Still from the animated video NFT.
Photography courtesy of the artist.

This fall, HEES, in partnership with Aktion Art and Culture Pulse, launched an exclusive limited edition set of seven NFTs at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, North Carolina. The release marks the first time a US-based museum has premiered a set of NFTs by an American artist. HEES NFTs will be on view through January 2, 2023 at “Pop to Now: Warhol and His Legacy” in a group show featuring works by Andy Warhol, Basquiat, Keith Haring, Kristin McIver, and ThankYouX.

Alongside his large-scale paintings on display in the museum, a projection room displays HEES animations, his seven NFTs on the theme of humanity: “Human”, “Grow”, “Boundless”, “Energy”, “Laws” , “Prism” and “Life”. The number seven centers the artistic practice of HESS; there are seven attributes of physicality, seven musical notes on a heptatonic scale, seven prismatic colors, seven is the PH balance of pure water, seven continents. seven divided oceans, and seven days in a week.These ingredients of life (geographical, natural, and creative) are also reflected in the HEES signature, in which five bars represent time, energy, sight, sound, and vision. physicality Clues and references to these elements are cleverly encoded in numbers and symbology within the animated works.

Accompanied by a quote and a musical score. each of the seven NFTs listed on Culture Pulse, “The NFT arena has given me a new and exciting platform to get my message out to the public. It has also given me many new tools to create”, says the artist.

The HEES collection of seven NFTs reflects your journey of self-realization and healing. The artist’s life changed dramatically when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013. Unable to work and facing personal and financial ruin, he went through a period of tremendous hardship and personal transformation through which he discovered a renewed passion for painting. His works became the centerpieces of his healing process, and HEES put his love, light, will to live, and hope for a better life into them. HEES has a profound point of difference from most NFTs on the market because of its commitment to reminding people of what it means to be human.

Additionally, Culture Pulse released two more NFT HEES focused on the power of music in relation to its effect on the human experience. NFT’s inspirational series creates a fully immersive experience rooted in meaning. Originally intended as a photographic project, HEES had traveled to hard-to-reach areas with stunning scenery such as Joshua Tree, Glamis Dunes, the Salton Sea, a dry, cracked lake bed outside of Las Vegas, train tracks near Trona Pinnacles, and the rocky west coast with his camera. Exploring NFTs HEES decided to review these images using them to convey how music transcends all boundaries. “Even the universe has a buzz,” he reminds us. “The Power of Music Will Guide You Home” consists of a digital film of a guitar moving towards the viewer through the water with effects created in post-production. Poetically, the audio that accompanies the NFT is a strong wind. While “Music Transcends” is a visual and auditory journey through the mental landscape of the artist.

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About the artist

HEES is a self-taught contemporary artist whose work specializes in themes that address what it means to be human. Born in 1962, in Corpus Christi, Texas, HEES began his career as a painter, makeup artist, photographer, brand consultant, creative director, and producer. During his 30-year career in beauty and photography, he has worked with some of the world’s biggest brands including; Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch, BELK, STILA, Kevyn Aucoin Beauty, E Entertainment and many more. He has photographed some of the biggest names in entertainment including Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Annie Lennox, Lisa Marie Presley, Fergie, EG Daily and Christina Aguilera. However, his painting was always his passion and the dearest thing to his heart throughout his photographic career.

HEES’s positive messages and intriguing painting techniques have propelled him onto the international art scene. Purchased by many of the world’s leading collectors, HEES is inundated with demand. He has donated his paintings to charity and has raised more than $100,000 for the AMFAR gala and the Norton Museum’s 80th anniversary art auction. It is currently on view at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in the “Pop to Now: Warhol and his Legacy” exhibit with Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, ThankyouX, and Kristin McIver. HEES will open his first solo gallery show in November 2022 at Wynn Fine Art in Palm Beach with Aktion Art.

About partners

culture pulse unites the world of physical collectibles and digital NFTs. Unique collectibles like sports memorabilia used in games, beautiful artwork, and more. Build your phygital collection in the physical world and the digital world.

action art is a full-service art gallery, consultancy and concessionaire specializing in a wide range of works, ranging from emerging contemporary names to museum-quality artists. Founded by Nick Hissom and his partner Kameron Ramirez, their combined experience in arts and entertainment is unmatched, spanning more than two decades.

The Bechtler Museum Located in Charlotte, NC, it is the second museum in the United States designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta. Its collection includes works by the most important and influential artists of the mid-20th century, including Miró, Giacometti, Picasso, Calder, Hepworth, Nicholson, Warhol, Tinguely, Ernst, Le Corbusier, Chillida, and many others. The museum also hosts traveling exhibitions.

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