Art and Blockchain [Part4]: The Art of JOY

in art •  last year  (edited)


Dear Crypto-Art Fans,

I recently discovered a new crypto-artist called JOY (which is an abbreviation of his full name John Orion Young). He creates amazing, surrealistic 3D artworks in Oculus Medium using an Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset.

John Orion Young (JOY) is a contemporary artist living in San Francisco. Classically trained from childhood in his father's art studio in painting and sculpting, JOY's mediums today have evolved to include virtual reality, blockchain, and AI.


Unique Art Market

When you visit his website with an installed Metamask browser extension, you're able to buy his crazy artworks with ETH.

Website Screenshot

But the art-market comes with a twist: Buyers are not able to hold the artwork when a new buyer is willing to pay a higher price.

The moment a work of art becomes yours, the price is set by the Smart Contract for the next buyer. This guarantees you a nice profit if the work is bought from you. Lower prices have smaller jumps so the work may flip quicker. At higher prices, it is easier to hold a work of art in your collection longer.


The artist takes a small 10% fee on each transaction for development and art. Here is a short video of a dancing avatar, that looks like the artist's alter ego.

Following the artist's roadmap, every artwork will become part of a virtual JOYworld, "a magical creative space in virtual reality where you will be able to experience the art you own."


All of the art is created by John Orion Young in virtual reality with the intended experience to be in augmented, mixed, and virtual reality. We are starting with the Ethereum art market and working towards you experiencing your artworks in other realities.


Making Of

JOY has also shared some making of videos at youtube, where you can see him sculpting his virtual art.

Sculpting in Oculus Medium using an Oculus Rift

If you want to know more about JOY's art, you can find him at Twitter, Instagram or join his Discord-Channel. Here is the website link again:


I'm quite attracted by the unique virtual artworks of JOY and I will watch the development of his JOYworld very closely. Although most of the artworks at his marketplace are quite pricey already, he promised to release new works for a starting price of just 0.001 ETH. Hopefully I'll be able to catch one of those.

Thanks for reading ;-)

Please follow me for more crypto-art related stories like this!


You might also want to check out my previous posts about art and blockchain:

Part 1 - VRintelligentART and Bitmark
Part 2 - XCOPY Art and Ascribe
Part 3 - Digital Art Chain and OpenSea
Codex Protocol - Guest post at @cc-billboard


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Thank you for the excellent post about the JOY Art Market @shortcut. Also, thanks for all the kind words in the comments @peter2017 @bronkong @enjoywithtroy

  ·  last year (edited)

You're very welcome @johnorionyoung :-)
I really love your art and the new concepts you're trying out.
I'm also happy to see, that you've already joined Steemit, which gives me the possibility to instantly follow you. Keep it up!

Cool idea. could be cool if it was done with physical art. The postal expense would have to be put on top, but still.

Thank you for finding this kind of art. The way of pricing his art is very interesting!

Thanks for your appreciation. I also really like this kind of gambling approach in his art-market, which is handled by a smart contract.

Reminds me a little bit of crypto kitties . . . :-)

Yes, crypto-kitties have started the hype, but I think, the possibilitiy to embed JOY's artworks in a virtual reality worls will bring the thing to a whole new level.

Totally agree! Fascinating project! Thanks again for digging this out!

This kind of surreal 3D art really looks interesting and funny.

Yes, totally agree :-)

That is a unique and cool twist on owning art. How new and innovative too! Thanks @shortcut.

You're welcome! I'm glad, you like it ;-)

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