Gemini Banknote Sheet, featuring the Winklevoss Twins

This is a digital artwork, representing an uncut sheet of ‘Gemini Banknotes’. Gemini is the name of the US Dollar stablecoin launched by the Winklevoss Twins. The frame design has been appropriated from existing US currency, whilst the portrait of the Winklevoss twins is made by hand, using similar techniques as genuine portrait engraving, found on banknotes. The piece intends to capture the ‘Golden Age of cryptocurrency’, filled with the same hope and promise of the Gold Rush era and the Roaring 1920s.

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This is a digital artwork, representing an uncut sheet of ‘Gemini Banknotes’. Gemini is the name of the US Dollar stablecoin launched by the Winklevoss Twins. This design uses Gemini as a starting point to a create a pataphysical artwork that is neither past nor present. It is an out-of-place-artifact, with the nostalgic design of US Gold certificates combined with the theme of the future of finance.

The frame design has been appropriated from existing US currency, whilst the portrait of the Winklevoss twins is made by hand, using similar techniques as genuine portrait engraving, found on banknotes. The piece intends to capture the ‘Golden Age of cryptocurrency’, filled with the same hope and promise of the Gold Rush era and the Roaring 1920s.

This digital artwork is an edition of 1, unique. The purchase of this unique artwork will automatically commission the production of its physical counterpart, a double-sided print, using the same techniques as the design and production of physical currency – this includes hand engraved portraiture, ultra high resolution intaglio printing, letterpress, unique serial numbers, and ultra high resolution invisible UV lithography – hidden images that can only be seen under UV light. This artwork is a huge technical undertaking. The end product will be something that the artword, and indeed the world at large, will have never seen before.

The physical print will take months to create. It will require painstaking design, planning, and enormous attention to detail. In the end, the production quality will be beyond the techniqucal capabilities of most contemporary printmaking; the final piece will be something unique, outside of the banknote printing industry. It will be made in an edition of 5 only.

“I was head-hunted by one of the world’s largest printers of banknotes, creating designs for central banks and other financial institutions. After learning the trade secrets of banknote production, I gained practical experience in every print process associated with the production of money.

The Banknote is the Alpha and Omega of art: it is pattern, typography, portraiture, drawing. It is lithography, silkscreen, intaglio, letterpress. A banknote is the touchstone of culture, the window into worlds, a monument, memorial, and memory. Banknotes are mass-produced, yet personal. Identical, yet crafted.

I use banknote design to express my ideas, and contribute to the future of finance, through fintech, blockchain and cryptocurrency collaborations.

I come from a fine art background, based on technique and craft. I reject lazy conceptualism, and make craft the basis of everything I do. I studied Fine Art at Leeds College, the Slade School of Fine Art, (London), and the Cooper Union School in New York. My work has been shown with Phyllida Barlow at the Serpentine, The Mall Galleries, Tenderpixel London and Rokeby Gallery.”