This is a commission for Steve Porter to paint your signature portrait as part of the Signed99 artwork.
Acrylic on canvas, sized 61cm/92cm (24"/36").
Or purchase Signed99/21 bundle (NFT + painted canvas + crypto) via OpenSea.
Signatures are crucially important on the world's grandest stages.
For hundreds and perhaps thousands of years, they have shaped global history through the treaties and pacts made between countries and communities.
Signatures have launched businesses and sealed a million deals, erecting incredible buildings, submitting crucial scientific research and underpinning human adventures of all kinds.
On an individual level, signatures have sealed marriages and created families.
They are our personal logo, our absolute commitment, the title of our story...
Signed99 celebrates choice and individualism, fusing the culture of branding with something uniquely personal: your name.
Signatures as portraits:
Signatures are also a kind of portrait, as they hold and communicate information about us. Their curves and their lines say something of our characters.
Signed99 doubles and reverses the signature image to create a beautiful aesthetic balance.
This is an opportunity to create a uniquely meaningful heirloom where you are not only investing in "the now" but creating a trigger-point for memories and stories in the future.
The kind of things that help us to live on in the hearts and minds of others to be passed through the generations. A wonderful legacy.
There is still something extremely powerful in choosing to sign.
A dotted line awaits the brave...
Steve Porter lives in rural Wiltshire, UK, with his wife and children.
He might look like a gargoyle that's been chiseled off a church, but he does his best.
Before the clocks went to work on him, he went to Southampton for a few years and was given an art-related certificate.
Before all that, he was a boy who played with paints.
For about 20 years, Steve has been making large-scale murals and interior sculptures for community spaces around the UK.
He has participated in exhibitions, undertaken commissions and illustrated books. He has made public artworks and installations, with and without permission. For a while, he curated a successful contemporary art gallery.
His current painting "style" employs stark monochrome aesthetics as a vehicle for exploring abstract ideas.
Signed99 continues to explore this direction.
A specially designed hand-built projector is employed by Steve to perfectly recreate you super-sized signature.
Commissions that are actioned take around 14-28 days to complete, depending upon demand.
Steve can provide updates throughout the process and clients can contact Steve at any time to discuss their commission and its progress.
Signed99 comments upon the changing way in which our identities are stored, proved and communicated with signatures presented in juxtaposition to the roll-out of biometric data.
Signed99 involves taking an everyday visual and then placing it within its own space and set of ideas. Like the conceptual pioneers of the early 20th
Century with their "ready-mades". Here, your signature is the ready-made.
In a sense we (along with everyone else) recreate a part of the Signed99 artwork ourselves whenever we write our name, thereby making the work universally inclusive as well as remaining intensely personal.
In the painted version, the deep textures within the white-topped layers surrounding your signature capture the light in different ways, so the surface varies through differing lighting conditions.
In this way, what appears at first to be an expanse of plain white is forever changing, adding time and movement to a picture which is essentially fixed.
The Signed99 Backstory:
In the July of 1991, Steve went on a summer road-trip to Brighton, on the UK's south coast with his cousin, traveling in dubious style by brown Ford Fiesta with a seemingly nuclear-powered tape deck.
They were probably planning to get up to no good of some kind. Hopefully, they succeeded.
On the ancient pier that climbs out from Brighton beach and out over the sea, there was an amusement arcade and in the amusement arcade was a machine...
A machine which promised to read people's characters from their signature.... Steve submitted his signature ands the machine was very accurate.
The idea of using signatures as portraits stuck around until 2018, when Steve decided to paint his own name. It felt very powerful to have his signature shown on this scale.
Steve began to think about other people finding it a powerful feeling to have their signatures made into an artwork as a way of commissioning a portrait.