Auction Dates: Mon, 19 Sep 12 PM PT — Fri, 23 Sep 12 PM PT
Starting Bid: 1,000
Entry Fee: 0
Edition Type: Artist Proof
Rarity: Artist Proof
License: Gary Baseman
Brand: Artworks — Gary Baseman
Series: Gary Baseman — For the Love of Toby
© 2022 Gary Baseman
Our next 1 of 1 art piece drops in silent auction format starting Mon, 19 September at 12 PM PT, only on the VeVe web app!
The VeVe Artist Program has been a pillar of the VeVe digital collectibles experience, and now with the rollout of the VeVe web app, we are launching an entirely new vertical on the platform — Artworks! This new program is bringing both established and up-and-coming artists and licensed collectible Artworks to the VeVe Collector community as extremely limited edition NFTs. More here.
Silent auctions let you collect in an entirely new and private way! In a silent auction, you will place a bid on your favorite digital collectible Artwork (in Gems) for whatever you are personally willing to spend on the piece. The value of your bid is hidden from other auction participants, just as you will not be able to see what they have bid, and when the auction timer expires — the highest bidder wins! More Details here.
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Gary Baseman is known for his broad art practice that includes award-winning illustration and animation (Emmy and BAFTA-award winning Teacher’s Pet), fine art, performance, toy design and fashion. Baseman coined the term “Pervasive Art” in the early 2000s and states, “Art can be appropriate in almost any medium, from print to TV to film to paintings to consumer products, as long as you stay true to your aesthetic and have a strong sense of meaning.” Baseman continues to blur boundaries of art, expanding into the depths of the digital world.
Toby is artist Gary Baseman’s iconic character featured in fine art, photography, video, performance, advertising, fashion and toy design. Known as everyone’s “best friend” and “keeper of secrets,” Toby is an all-knowing and compassionate cat with a great sense of curiosity and adventure. Baseman blurred the lines of fine art and toy culture in 2005 with the introduction of Toby as a limited edition 16-inch plush figure that could only be acquired at a fine art gallery. As Baseman says, “Toby is omnipresent, sees all, knows all, accepts and loves you. Toby truly loves you.”
I Will Always Believe Your Lies
Toby is your shadow. Your mirror. Your best friend in the whole wide world. He can smell your fear. He is addicted to your insecurity. He knows how to push your buttons. He is no Teacher’s Pet. He loves you. He truly loves you.
“I am excited to offer this art piece. This will be my first painting created into a digital collectible, and I am proud to do it with Veve. ‘I will always believe your lies’ was produced for the original For the Love of Toby exhibition in Los Angeles, where I also introduced the original 16-inch Toby plush. This painting celebrates the birth of Toby as the Keeper of Our Secrets, who loves everyone unconditionally. No matter how harsh the world can be, how dishonest we are even with ourselves, we will always have Toby’s love. This painting introduces a group of Toby’s imaginary friends, including YawnYawn and Gurgle.” — Gary Baseman
Bonus Utility: Winner of the silent auction also receives a 1/1 signed physical print (shipped anywhere in the world) and the opportunity to bring up to 3 friends for lunch with Gary and David Yu in or around Los Angeles during DesignerCon Anaheim weekend, Nov. 2022!