Cory Van Lew is an NFT Artist living in New York. He is inspired by doing the things that make him happy and feel good. His art reflects his life. He likes to promote positivity through his art, and that starts with the colours, the first thing you probably notice when you see his art. The imagery usually has a deeper meaning, this varies from work to work, but he always put lots of thought into his compositions before they even make it to the canvas.
NFT Granny: “Dear Cory, I am pleased to meet you. I love the colour explosions and your unique style on your artwork – amazing! I realised a difference in style during the pandemic. Did you notice any difference in your work as an artist during COVID compared to before the pandemic?”
Cory Van Lew: Yes, my art before the pandemic had a lot of aggravation put into it. I was painting as fast as I could, timing myself 45min to an hour at times to complete an entire painting. Now I spend weeks at a time on one piece and pour nothing but good intentions into my pieces.
How did you first become interested in art, and how did you get started with it yourself?
Cory Van Lew: I’ve always been interested in drawing and colouring from a very young age. I knew this was what I wanted to do back in high school around 2005-2006, when I took as many art classes as I could to get credits for graduation.
Can you tell us more about the story behind your project “Twin Shot”?
Cory Van Lew: The twin shot is a play on the Covid-19 virus arriving into our lives. These twins arrive to come to save the day and shoot the virus attacking us with their heat lasers.
Which of your artworks are you most proud of?
Cory Van Lew: All the ones I paint of my brother and me. I feel they convey the message I have for the world the best. The “Theory of Transmission” is what we like to call it. A spiritual phenomenon all humans experience in life while going through personal evolution.
Is there an artist you would like to work with?
Cory Van Lew: Hmm, I want to do this amazing project I have in my bag of tricks with Young Thug, Future, and Lil Uzi Vert. I collab with all my artist friends in some way eventually.
Would you be willing to share any plans for upcoming projects?
Cory Van Lew: Mike Tyson and I will be releasing a collab in August, and I’ve got plans for a big irl show soon as well.
Who or what are your biggest influences or sources of inspiration?
Cory Van Lew: I’m inspired by doing the things that make me happy and feel good. My art is literally just my life; the more I live and do things that get me juiced to be here, the moments I can capture on a canvas and share them with the world. I think showing my happiness and spreading it will help my community get to the light at the end of a dark tunnel.
Is there something specific you are trying to express with your art?
Cory Van Lew: I like to promote positivity through my art, and that starts with the colours, the first thing you probably notice when you see my art. The imagery usually has a deeper meaning, this varies from work to work, but I always put lots of thought into my compositions before they even make it to the canvas.
What do you feel when you are creating new art?
Cory Van Lew: I feel like I go to another dimension and unlock new levels when I create a new piece. Usually, the beginning of my process is my favourite. Once I really get into the painting, I just feel like a printer and gotta stand in front of a canvas for hours at a time; it’s a battle with myself, but I love it so much.
Do you remember the first time you heard about NFT Art?
Cory Van Lew: Yes, I heard it from Fewocious, and a couple of followers of mine DM’d me about it on Twitter. I heard it once and twice didn’t think too much, but by the 3rd, 4th time, I had to find out what was cooking up. I got into the space in September.
How do you enjoy the NFT Art you have collected? Do you have a way to display it, for example, at home?
Cory Van Lew: For now, I just enjoy it on my phone and computer. But soon as I move into my new studio, I plan on getting displays.
We would really like to know, where do you see the NFT Art scene in the future?
Cory Van Lew: Art is never going away, so I don’t see the NFT Art scene going away ever. We are just at the very start of a modern renaissance. Only in the last couple of months have we got to break away from covid, and we have already had an art revolution. The following year will be an explosion of new everything, and I’m just excited to be crusading on the forefront with my other space cadets.
Which tools do you use to create your art?
Cory Van Lew: I use Acrylic paint, Spray paint, an iPad, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and After Effects.
What does a normal day for you look like, and what do you like to do when you’re not busy with NFT Art?
Cory Van Lew: I make art every day. I usually start my days off with a wake n bake sesh and get to work. In my free time, I like to go paintballing, I’m an adrenaline junkie, so anything that gets the blood really pumping.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Cory Van Lew: Create as much as possible.
Is there something aside from art or NFTs you collect?
Cory Van Lew: Nike SB dunks.
- Full Name: Cory Van Lew
- Date of Birth: 11/07/1990
- Current hometown: Kingston, NY
- Languages you speak: English, a little Spanish
- What did you want to be when you were a child: An Architect
- Education: High School diploma
- First Job: After school Preschool daycare