Cover ‘Femina II Tres X Vir VI Unus’ by Shavonne Wong, from her ‘Love is Love’ collection

His pick? A work (and possibly two more!) from Shavonne Wong’s Love is Love collection, an art experiment in self-identification and expression of love

What a year it has been for Shavonne Wong—and we are only 15 days into 2022.

Since making a bold plunge into the world of NFTs (non-fungible tokens) in August 2020, the fashion photographer-turned-3D virtual model creator has been making waves: from launching a collection of 500 NFTs to making her art fair debut at Sea Focus opening today, as part of the Singapore Art Week 2022.

But this one takes the cake: Hollywood actor Idris Elba buying his first NFT from her Love is Love collection. Described as “an art experiment in self-identification and expression of love”, the collection of 500 unique couple portraits exploring this intrinsic part of the human experience done in her signature 3D style, was recently featured on the front page of NFT marketplace OpenSea.

Fun fact: Each NFT costs 0.05683 ETH (approximately US$188), for the numbers 5683 are l-o-v-e when you type them on the keypad of the (traditional) phone.

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The British actor shared with his 1.7 million followers on TikTok a video of him buying his first NFT while in a make-up chair at work—and making sure to share the name of the artist (and saying it twice!). In fact, a check on the OpenSea website revealed that he may have bought a total of three NFTs from the collection—and this is confirmed by Wong.

In a Twitter exchange with Wong on January 14, the actor wrote: “❤️ is ❤️. Thank you for your collection. I’m proud of it.”

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Wong tells us: “It’s incredible, really insane. The fact that these are his first NFTs is also like ... dang what an honour!”

Her NFTs are also available on platforms such as Foundation, and she is one of only a few in Singapore who are on the more exclusive NFT marketplace SuperRare. Her highlight piece from the Love is Love collection—a unique 3D art and animation called The Kisshas been sold for 4ETH (approximately US$13,000) on SuperRare.

Wong is no stranger to Hollywood, having shot celebrities such as Pose’s Billy Porter and Netflix’s Riverdale actor Rob Raco.

Her NFT 3D-rendered video, The Mirror World, presented by The Columns Gallery is on show at this year’s edition of the Sea Focus art fair.

Another new collection of three NFTs created by Wong is also on display at Funan’s newly opened Underground Pedestrian Link on basement 2, which links the mall with the City Hall MRT station. This is part of a mall-wide art activation, Creative Intersections: In the Year of the Tiger, curated by Chan + Hori Contemporary, happening alongside the Singapore Art Week 2022.

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