LA Based Artist Ed Massey Joins The Minters Collective
Massey will partner with the Collective to democratize and monetize its art by leveraging the power of the growing NFT market
– Alex Chompff
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA, November 9, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – The Minters Collective, an artist collective that helps artists grow their businesses and thrive in the NFT and cryptocurrency markets , announced today that it has added artist and artist activist Ed Massey to its Featured Artist Platform. Massey is a prolific and multitalented artist whose work transcends genres and geographic boundaries. Through its partnership with The Minters Collective, Massey aims to launch its first NFT art collection, Animal Series, and use the platform to make his work accessible and raise awareness of the social issues reflected in his art while monetizing his work for future projects by leveraging the collective’s NFT expertise.
Massey’s career in the creative arts spans 30 years and spans many genres. He is recognized around the world for his artistic activism, most notably as a spokesperson for the homeless in the United States.
As an undergraduate student, Massey was the chief fashion designer of Team USA and Quintana Roo, notable brands found in high-end department stores. While at UCLA majoring in sociology, Massey developed an interest in sculpture and honed his skills in the medium. He was recognized as the only non-fine arts major and finalist in the UCLA Jury Fine Art Competition. This experience was instrumental in his career and reinforced his decision to pursue sculpture while refining his artistic vision, exploring the intersections of art and social relevance.
Massey went on to earn his Masters of Fine Arts from Columbia University, with an emphasis on public art. While enrolled at Columbia, Massey was commissioned to create a 20-foot sculpture for a building in Washington DC, titled Corporate Ladder. The piece sparked great controversy and was Massey’s first real foray into the space of public art and public perception.
Later, Massey would write his first children’s picture book, Milton, which is a story of imagination and creativity. After being invited to share his book with pediatric patients, Massey created Portraits of Hope, a non-profit program serving people facing socio-economic, medical or physical challenges. Portraits of Hope offers the general public the opportunity to participate in its large-scale public and civic art projects to increase awareness of social issues while visually revitalizing and transforming public spaces.
During the early 2000s, Massey continued to present to audiences around the world provocative works of art addressing social issues such as ethnic and gender inequalities, American education, modern life, public transportation, immigration, violence and crime, terrorism and civic engagement. His work has also been featured in New York, New Orleans, and Los Angeles, among other cities, as a solution to beautifying public spaces marked by natural disasters and neglect.
In 2019, Massey began his public exhibition In the Image, a sculpture in Santa Monica depicting a 7-foot-tall homeless man created to increase speech and action on homelessness in America. As part of this project’s expansion, Massey plans to deliver thousands of colorful art tents to the homeless if community and government leaders don’t start drastically reducing the number of homeless people on the streets.
Massey’s upcoming projects include continuing his work with Portraits of Hope and planning a large-scale water-based civic and public art project.
“I look forward to teaming up with The Minters Collective as a way to not only open a new window on my art and the social issues that are close to my heart, but also to be at the forefront of a new artistic revolution in the digital age, ”Massey says.
The Minters Collective is partnering with artists like Massey to expand their audiences and monetize their art through digital art and NFTs. The collective guides artists through the basics of NFT such as the typing process, marketing, etc.
“We are honored to welcome Ed Massey to The Minters Collective,” said Alex Chompff, CEO of The Minters Collective. “Ed is a recognizable name on the art scene both for his innovative approaches to his craft and the way he uses his art for social change. The Minters Collective is excited to help Ed monetize his work while showcasing his art to new audiences around the world.
To learn more about Ed Massey’s Animal series, visit https://www.animalseries.art.
To learn more about The Minters Collective, visit https://www.minters.art/.
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