On a mission to advance art and culture through technology is co-founder and fair director of the Digital Art Fair Gillian Howard. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Howard has had extensive experience in the field of fine galleries and museum management, as well as consulting art institutions and international organisations on activating art and culture
Having studied Global Art Business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, she has curated a vast pool of knowledge on digital art that she now uses to create a brand-new art experience that brings together contemporary art and technology.
What is your earliest memory of art?
The pocket art book that I kept in my bed with the 100 Most Important Paintings in History.
What is happiness to you?
Being able to enjoy art, culture and the company of my family.
What is the biggest difference you find between NFT art and other art?
Digital/NFT art includes the use of technologies, particularly blockchain. Traditional art is less likely to incorporate technologies.
Before and after joining the NFT art scene, how has your perception of the medium changed?
I sold my first piece of digital art in 2014 to Carrie Fisher, the princess from Star Wars. Since then I had a seed planted in me to understand the medium better and better. I think digital art has evolved and has a long way to go. NFT is just one element.
What was the biggest challenge you faced when you were getting started with NFTs?
I advocate for fine art moving into the digital art space, so I think the challenge is to ensure great art and artists are being promoted in the digital NFT art world.