John Orion Young (JOY) is a fourth generation artist and sculptor exploring new ways of creating, distributing, and experiencing art through the innovative technologies of AR, VR, and blockchain.
JOY is the first artist to create and launch their own NFT contract and minted the first 3D art on the blockchain in 2018 and is creating JOYWORLD, an immersive metaverse experience to make you feel JOYful and creative.
Son of a wildlife biologist turned artist, JOY was classically trained through childhood as a painter and sculptor in the techniques of oil painting and lost-wax bronze casting, creating wax sculptures of animals to anatomical correctness, melting them down if they were inaccurate, JOY felt that it was the artist’s duty to be a mirror for the existing beauty of earth.
Art is the people, places, and things you know and when a friend showed a book of Salavador Dali’s artworks to JOY at an early age, his eyes were widely opened to a greater knowing of what art could really be. This event sent JOY on a deep trip painting, drawing, and creating thousands of artworks.
Filling every living space to the brim with artworks, JOY set out to create an art gallery with some artist friends. They called it the FU collective and placed it in the center of Denver Colorado’s main art district. On weekends JOY would host art openings in the space, meet with collectors, and sell artworks to them. During the week, JOY would create new artworks for the next weekend show. All of this shuffling around of physical objects had JOY yearning for a less wasteful approach to creating art. There had to be a way to create infinite amounts of art and have these fun experiences with collectors without needing to store, transport, and over time lose track of where the artworks all went.
Through time and a number of events for another story, JOY found himself in San Francisco. It was 2016 and he was watching a YouTube video showing someone creating a giant red spider in an Oculus Virtual Reality headset. There was this wonderful feeling of WOW! You could make anything at any scale and all you needed was a computer and goggles. JOY set out to build a little yellow PC and acquire an Oculus Rift headset. This is where JOY really got lost and found JOYWORLD. Somewhere far out in TiltBrush, then even further out in Oculus Medium.
Late 2017 JOY became obsessed with CryptoKitties. This was it. The way to enable collectors to own the virtual artworks he had been creating. JOY set out to build a new type of contract to sell art directly to collectors with a twist; it was modified to enable collectors to steal each other's JOYs if they were willing to pay more than the previous collector. This contract was minted April 24th and to our knowledge, makes JOY the first artist to create an NFT contract to sell their own art and JOYs are the first 3D artworks on the blockchain.
“JOYWORLD is an ever-expanding artwork to be experienced and expanded on in real time with the JOY Collectors who own it. It is an entire world here to take you on a multi-dimensional trip through the metaverse, always innovating, and encouraging you to become JOYful and creative.” — John Orion Young