By Virginia Valenzuela, Arts Editor
Frederic Duquette is one of the most successful and well-known artists to step into the NFT space, and he has created some of the most exciting 3D artworks and collections available. From intricate and futuristic one-of-ones to crystalline collectables to an entire virtual universe, Duquette’s work has pushed the boundaries of what is possible with digital art.
Some of you may have guessed by now that Duquette is the artist known as FVCKRENDER. Based in Vancouver, he has premiered digital work on Nifty Gateway, Open Sea, and SuperRare, collaborated with fashion brands Dior and Supreme, and he’s even made visuals for Lil Nas X.
But before all the fame, the fortune, and the fvck, Duquette was just a skater boy who never finished high school.
Duquette applied to art school in Montreal at the age of 20 to study 3D design and animation, “and they didn’t care [for my application] at all,” he told SuperRare, “which made sense because I didn’t finish high school.” So he began creating artworks on his own, and once Instagram launched and, at the time, became the ideal platform for artists to display and market their work, his career really took off.
“I was fortunate enough before NFTs to have so many amazing clients. I was able to build a community on my Instagram where I reached about maybe 300,000 followers? Which really helped me get in contact with different artists. And most of the time the artists contacted me on Instagram, saying, ‘I need visuals for my shows or for a music video, or anything.’ So I was just sending them to my manager or my agent to help me filter everything out.”
Then at age 25, Duquette revisited 3D art and animation. The NFT market, which just happened to be booming, was a natural next step.
Fvckrender’s artwork is super detailed. His subjects are life-like and yet alien, often inspired by the tension between nature and technology. The human subjects, which he uses sparingly, appear glossy, chalky, or ephemeral. Sometimes we see only faces; sometimes we see only hands. The natural subjects, like flowers, dragons, scorpions, and gems, tiptoe around reality, and are oftentimes injected with a dose of the unexpected: a strange texture or an out-of-place color scheme.
Some of his artworks, including “GEODE” and “THORNED” look and feel like they could be 3D snapshots of a dystopian future without humanity, a future where only relics of the past remain. In pieces like “VIVID_DREAMS” and “SUBMERGED” we see subterranean, statuesque human beings who are unable to open their eyes. We asked him, where does humanity live, or how…
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