MakersPlace Release Thelonious Monk & Javier Arrés NFT Artwork

MakersPlace, the leading marketplace for rare and authentic digital art, announced today that the estate of 20th century jazz legend, Thelonious Monk and world-renowned motion and GIF artist, Javier Arrés, have teamed up to release artworks inspired by Thelonious Monk’s infamous “Underground” album cover as an NFT. It will be exclusive to MakersPlace May 19, 2022 at 3:30 PM PT.

Arrés centered this collection with creative expression as a form of rebellion. He provides his own interpretation of Monk’s legacy and what the album cover means to him as an artist through his signature Visual Toys™ and invites the viewer into a fantastical world inspiring them to simply play with their imaginations. It also includes a Never before heard Thelonious Monk audio, including a special narration from his son, T.S. Monk.

The following are the contents of the collection:

  • An auction of one 1/1 audiovisual artwork: “Theloniopolis”
  • One open edition audiovisual artwork, “Metro Monk”

“Javier Arrés does an incredible job paying homage to Tholonious Monk’s legacy through alluring pieces of modern art,”  Craig PalmerMakersPlace CEO,.. “The beauty of the NFT space is the creative expression used by artists like Javier to join forces with a legend in Jazz music to achieve a common goal: liberation. We’re honored to host this iconic collaboration on our platform.”

He is known as one of the most important jazz musicians of all times and the father bebop and modern jazz. Thelonious Monk has won multiple Grammy Awards, including a lifetime accomplishment grant and is one of five jazz artists to have been highlighted on the front of Time magazine and the second-most-recorded jazz arranger after Duke Ellington.

Inspired by the breathtaking views from his childhood home that overlook his hometown of Motril Spain, Javier Arrés is known for his manically detailed illustrations of fantastical scenery from cities, architecture and machines. He is also a winner of the 2019 London Art Biennale.

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“A city is something that you build. Javier has built a city around Thelonious that directly addresses Monk’s quest to develop a performative experience of Duke Ellington’s ‘Sophisticated Lady.’ Both creative endeavors blend together seamlessly to create a cohesive body of work, which can only be described as sophisticated,” T.S. Monk, son to late Jazz musician. Thelonious Monk. “Hats off to a wonderful collaborative effort by two explorers of the unknown. Javier, an amazing, 21st-century artist whom we love and officially adore, is Javier. Thelonious Monk, a musical giant for the ages.”

“These two Visual Toys are a tribute and collaboration with the work and spirit of Thelonious Monk, his rebellion, creativity and breaking of norms and barriers,” says Javier Arrés. “In both, I aimed to capture and mix the soul of Monk’s music with the city of New YorkThe city’s monuments and architecture. It is a city that was pivotal in his life and growth as a jazz genius. There is also a reinvention of the cover of his famous Underground album, maintaining that rebellious visual power.”

Working with family in the metaverse

“Anytime one has an opportunity for intergenerational cooperation and creation, and the ability to interlope technology and art, whatever comes from such effort, be it physical or ideological, creates space for growth and a benefit and win for the (Monk) family,” T. S. Monk.

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