Lushsux is an anonymous Australian street art icon, whose artworks have gained international acclaim. Based in Melbourne, Lushsux is credited as the world’s first official meme artist and the founder of the meme art movement. A pioneer of Australian street art, he is the only Australian artist who has collaborated in popular street artist Banksy’s Dismaland. Today, Lushsux is one of the top NFT artists in the world.
According to Cryptoart.io, LushSux has sold 622 artworks worth a total of 1,029.138 ETH or around $3.28 million (at the time of writing). He has exhibited his artworks across the globe, including in London, Paris, Sydney, Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York, and Taiwan, among others.
Artist LushSux was already a Street Art and Graffiti Icon
LushSux is known for his incredible portraits and strong messages. No one is safe from his larger than life caricatures. His notable works have included Putin, Melania Trump, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. He even made some murals dedicated to the internet’s favourite gorilla: Harambe. If any though, it is one of LushSux’ trump murals that you may be familiar with.
Decoding the artworks of LushSux
“Through memes, strategic trolling and his millions of fans, Lushsux echoes the voice of the information revolution like no other artist,” notes the artist’s Nifty Gateway bio. “His artwork is 0-hour-response to world events, often created to playfully manipulate the lumbering established media into an entertaining dialogue.”
Lushsux’s works are unique, mostly humorous, and often provocative. MakersPlace describes his artworks as “witty, satirical, raw, and thought-provoking”.
As someone who has always been interested in the crypto industry, the renowned artist soon forayed into the world of NFTs. In an interview with CoinJar, he recalled how he could hardly sleep in the weeks after he first learned about NFTs.
Lushsux, however, added that the majority of the artworks in the NFT ecosystem right now, including his, are “trash”. That said, he believes there is long-term value in investing in NFTs. He told Business Insider Australia that NFTs give artists “direct access to very rich collectors with limited gatekeeping and greedy middlemen.”
Most notable NFTs
In March this year, Lushsux’s ‘Pump It’ NFT was sold for 27.865 ETH or $88,888. The item was initially bought from Nifty Gateway and minted by the owner for $16,000.
Meanwhile, ‘The 8’ is the artist’s most expensive single NFT. It was sold in March for 88.8 ETH or $159,632. Additionally, it last fetched a whopping $283,268. The 1/1 NFT was part of a collection by the same name and was curated by collector 888.
The series featured portraits of some of the most iconic personalities in the society. It included a total of eight artworks with eight editions each. The artist unveiled the collection through a span of eight weeks, with one artwork revealed each week. Additionally, the NFTs came with real-life perks such as an Oculus VR headset as well as an hour with the artist himself.
Another notable sale is of ‘Satoshinator’, which was part of ‘The 8’. All eight editions of the NFT collectively sold for over $160,000. Recently, he dropped some new NFTs on Nifty Royale. Collectors who buy five base NFTs from the collection will get a signed physical print of the original meme painting.