My picture in this exhibition is a simple one, painted quickly. I thought I would have a laugh at the expense of crypto-currency. I have been cold-called on the telephone, approached on Facebook and spam emailed by people trying to sell me crypto-currency. Some of the telephone callers were difficult to dissuade and I had to be quite firm with them: no thanks I am not interested in crypto-currency!
I recently read an expert-written article in a respected British newspaper which pointed out that crypto-currency is only worth what people on the internet say it is. There is no regulated body which guarantees its value. It is unlike say a national currency which is backed up by the support of a central bank. Or a share certificate which is a share in a company backed by law and regulation. Or a government savings bond which is also backed by the government concerned.
Anyways make what you will of crypto-currency. My painting pokes fun at the whole phenomenon. There is a masked guy wearing a hooded top – who is he? Who knows. He certainly has a stake in crypto-currency! Meanwhile a graph shows the value of the various crypto-currencies going up and down in an unpredictable fashion. And of course a few glittering bitcoins are thrown in!