CHERRIE ON TOP
“To become the TIMEPieces Person of the Year (which is their equivalent to TIME Person of the Year), it was just amazing.”
Matthew Cherrie’s striking photographs have captured the interest of some of the biggest names on the blockchain – and with very good reason.
He is a self-taught artist and web3 community organizer who brings a welcome dose of tenacity and resourcefulness to the blockchain.
When Matthew was 15 years old, he applied to college for a photography course but was rejected because he could not afford the prescribed camera.
Briefly dabbling in crypto during 2021, Matthew didn’t mint his first NFT until the following year. His genesis piece, ‘Soul of the Sea,’ dropped on OpenSea in March 2022 and was scooped up swiftly by none other than Keith Grossman. He also counts the likes of Cath Simard and XCOPY among his collectors.
Matthew has since also become a valued member of the TIMEPieces community and still rates it as the most memorable part of his digital art journey to date.
“I’ll never forget the opportunities they provided to come in as an artist and to be supported by the community and other photographers. Then to become the TIMEPieces Person of the Year (which is their equivalent to TIME Person of the Year), it was just amazing,” he shares.
There isn’t a day that goes by that our social media feeds aren’t inundated with updates pertaining to AI. How does Matthew feel about the use of AI in art? He says: “It’s another form of art, a tool like a camera. Although it is not something I would really use myself, I would like to give a shout-out to all the amazing AI artists out there.”
Born and bred in Scotland, Matthew is currently working on his own multimedia web3 experience. In addition to selling his art on various NFT marketplaces, he has also exhibited at both NFT Liverpool and NFT New York.