J. Henny is a digital artist from Ghana currently based in London. He’s actively involved in the NFT space as an artist and documentarian via the publication called "The Gu1de". He’s also a member of the African NFT Community, Ghanaian NFT Community, Water & Music and Voyager communities.
How did you discover a passion for the arts?
My interest in art grew organically from interests; like video games (Street Fighter, Tekken, Rival School), Japanese Manga & anime, music and black culture. From a young age I used to collect gaming magazines, admire the art style and behind the scenes illustrations from my favourite games.
What has been your favourite thing about working in the arts?
Art allows me to be creative as my previous 9-5 was monotonous and repetitive. I can take different ideas from countries/places I have been, music I listen to, shows that I watch and cultural traditions that I grew up in. It also allows me to research and network with people from around the world.
How do you stay creatively inspired?
Admiring other artists and travelling to different countries helps keep me inspired to think of new ideas and create art.
What reasons influenced the choice of art media that you work with?
In 2018 while travelling through Brazil and Colombia I began a T-shirts design company with a friend, purchasable on Amazon Merch, Redbubble and Esty. This led me to use a digital tablet, photoshop and illustrator which I still use to this day.
What has your most recent or favourite project been so far?
This would be the project that I am currently creating where I am exploring the use of astrology in the background of my art. One of my favorite art pieces from this series is called ODO.
On average, how often do you organise exhibitions?
This is my first one that I have created and I plan to create many more in the future for other artists that use different mediums.
How do you promote your exhibitions?
I use twitter and instagram as well as clubhouse to promote and advertise the exhibition. I have also created promotions videos.
Tell me about the exhibition(s) you're displaying on Oarbt. What are the primary themes of the exhibition(s)?
I created this exhibition to showcase the progression of how my art style has grown since 2018. I have pieces which feature Japanese Onomatopoeia that can be found in manga as well as art that showcases people who use prosthetic limbs. Shining a positive light on prosthetic Limbs users is very important as I feel there is a lack of this currently, especially when there is no coverage of the olympics.
How has Oarbt provided an effective way of showcasing your art?
Yes Oarbt has provided a very easy and straightforward platform for artists, creators and others alike to showcase their talents. From their easy to use UI to their stylish 3D environment templates.
Of all the artworks in your exhibition, which is the most meaningful to you and why?
I would have to say "Everybody loves Muay Thai '' is one of my most meaningful art pieces because it was the first NFT that I sold as well as being one of my first art pieces that has a little animation.
Do you believe that digital exhibitions such as Oarbt are capable of providing an immersive and enjoyable experience?Yes definitely, it allows the entry barrier for people who want to create exhibitions or show other digital assets, to be accessible for a wider audience. Hopefully with future updates and additions to the platform it will tempt more people to use this wonderful platform.
To view the exhibition, click here.