Fine Art – Stuck in Customs

Fractals Incoming

It’s been a while since I shared some of my fractal art. The last fractal, Heart Chakra, which was a collab with the awesome Tina Guo sold out on OpenSea. Now there are 2 new renders incoming with existing Heart Chakra holders getting a free one! Here’s a little preview from one of them which has an interesting collab and backstory for another day…

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The Result

For those of you following along with the Sotheby’s auction project, the event was yesterday, and I’m pleased to say that the lot sold for a little over $1m after fees. The good news on top of that is that a chunk of that goes to charity. 🙂
It’s been an awesome project to work on and the teams at Brora/Diageo and Sotheby’s have been great partners. Now it’s time to start getting into the detail on the Scottish photography adventure. Can’t wait!

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The Auction

It’s auction day over at Sotheby’s, London (and online) where you can bid on an ultra-rare cask of 40yr old whisky from Brora Distillery in Scotland… oh and with it you get one of my awesome, museum quality, large format fine art prints (taken in Scotland), a trip around the Brora area with me and we’ll base the labels for the bottles on an image we capture while out there!
Here are the full details on the Sotheby’s site.

Here is the direct link to the auction.

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The Impossible Library

Daily Photo – The Impossible Library

This library holds more secrets than I am willing to share. The secrets are so good, in fact, they would absolutely ruin the photo if you knew them. This is the dangerous nature of secrets, right? I suggest you don’t try to discover them to save yourself the disappointment. – Tianjin, China

From Series 2 of my fine art prints. Available in a limited edition at 1.5 meters by 0.85 meters. More info at TreyRatcliff.com.

The Impossible Library

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  • Date Taken2018-06-13 13:53:19
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Heart

Daily Photo – Heart

Here’s a slice of the Heart Chakra fractal I worked on with the awesome Tina Guo. You can see the full video here which features her awesome cello. If NFTs are your thing you can grab those over here and each contains a different written “heart musings” by Tina and myself.

Heart

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  • Date Taken2022-06-05 22:24:15
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Phrazeboard

A bit of fun today…check out this cool treasure hunt by one of my friends, Phraze. As he said:
“This is the GameBoard.
Entirely hand drawn.
2100+ words, 15k+ letters, 200+ hours to complete.”

Epic work! Check out the game at phrazeboard.xyz
*this is not a clue. Seriously, NOT a clue. I know you think this might be me saying that it is a clue by saying it’s not a clue… but you’re wrong. Not a clue. 🙂

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Beautiful Cities of the World

Daily Photo – Beautiful Cities of the World

Hong Kong is one of the fifty cities featured in my “Beautiful Cities of the World” NFT drop on OpenSea. There are locations from every continent in that collection and there are a bunch of them from Asia, especially the night shots, which really stand out for me. Oh, and some of them are animated which is really fun. Check them out via OpenSea or find out more on my fine art website.

Beautiful Cities of the World

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  • Date Taken2018-03-13 03:16:22
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  • Focal Length68.0 mm
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Trey x Brora x Sotheby’s

The Spirit of Brora with Trey Ratcliff

Those of you who’ve followed me for a while know that it’s fairly rare for me to take on client/brand work. It really takes something special to tempt me into that arena and a few months ago an interesting email dropped into my inbox which was impossible to ignore. Today I get to talk about it…

In the Highlands on the North East Coast of Scotland, Brora sits where the land meets the sea. A landscape of rolling hills, golden sand beaches and remnants of settlements pre-dating the Iron Age, its distillery is the stuff of legends.

Now 202-years-old, Brora distillery which closed in 1983, was reawakened in May 2021 following a meticulous three-year restoration. Whilst the distillery has reopened, there is limited whisky that remains from before its closure. One of these casks, from 1982, will be auctioned at Sotheby’s together with one of my fine art prints on June 14th as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebration. But there’s more…much more…

I’ll be travelling to Scotland in 2023, for the very first time, accompanied by the new cask owner. Together we will capture images that bring to life the landscape that helped shape this whisky. The cask owner’s selected photograph will become a large format edition print, just like those from my museum quality fine art collection at TreyRatcliff.com, and will also be used to create a set of bespoke labels for the bottles to be drawn from the cask.

We’ve an exceptional adventure planned and the successful bidder of the auction for this ultra-rare cask will also have the option to work together with Diageo’s experts to further age their Scotch for up to five years. It’s a unique opportunity to play a role in the final part of this unprecedented whisky story. Below is a little teaser about the project and you can register for the auction here.

Before I leave you with a few images from the project so far, down at the bottom of this post, it’s also worthy of note that a second cask will be auctioned on the same day. From another Diageo distillery, the Port Ellen distillery on Islay, this second rare cask (a 42-year-old) will be auctioned with a one-off artefact, crafted following the sale, in collaboration with the designer and artist Ini Archibong. Ini will create a unique piece of art capturing the light of Port Ellen and its spirit in coloured glass. The one-off sculpture will be a physical expression of the “Dram and the Water” – representing both the precious nature of the liquid inside the cask and the distillery’s most precious resource. Crafted from Murano Glass and finished in the colours of Islay, the unique sculptural piece will be presented to the cask owner in Port Ellen once the distillery has reopened. Ini will also develop and create a bespoke colour gradient that will be used to design a set of labels for the bottles drawn from the cask.

The casks, both Brora and Port Ellen, have been hand-picked from Diageo’s prestigious VIP programme Casks of Distinction. This offers exclusive access to purchase individual casks of rare and exceptional Single Malt Scotch Whisky from Diageo’s unrivalled stocks, with only a very small number of fully mature casks selected each year from the choice of millions of resting in Scotland and an even tinier number selected from the ghost casks from the fabled Brora and Port Ellen distilleries.

Jonny Fowle, Head of Whisky at Sotheby’s said, “This partnership between Sotheby’s and Diageo showcases an unrivalled offering of rare whisky casks at auction. On trying the 1982 Brora I was astounded by its quality – the rich cooked fruit flavours elevating its signature lightly peated character. The Port Ellen is a masterclass in 1970s Islay smoke with significant cask influence, which, especially when from a closed distillery, is precisely the style that the world’s top whisky collectors seek out.”

If you find yourself in London, be sure to drop by Sotheby’s and check out the cask and print in person. And here’s that auction link again. 🙂

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Series 1

Daily Photo – Series 1

I was over at one of my fine art print collector’s houses recently doing some filming for an upcoming project which I hope you’ll get to hear about this week. He owns one of these limited-edition prints of China from Series 1 which are 3meters across and 1.5m tall. It was great to see it up on the wall. We print them at the master printer, Grieger, in Germany who produce them to museum/archival quality. Then the fun part of getting something this size shipped to the other side of the world begins! Find out more about all of that over on my fine art website.

Series 1

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  • Date Taken2014-06-07 00:23:36
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  • Exposure Time1/15
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Colossus by the Sand-Ocean

EDIT: Well that’s weird… where is Colossus? I guess she got stuck in the Sand-Ocean. Maybe tomorrow…

Cool New Game

If you hold one of my NFTs, or even if you don’t and you just like puzzles, check this out…

I helped hide a clue in a huge NFT Treasure Hunt called PhrazeBoard.

This unique event is curated by artist @phrazeart. It kicks off soon and there are two ways to play:

PB:RED has a a 7.77 ETH Grand Prize, and will be 100% free to play at PhrazeBoard.xyz
PB:BLUE has a PROOF Collective Pass Grand Prize, and requires an ACCESS PASS to play. (Current Proof floor is 75ETH!)

ACCESS PASSES will be available to the public for 0.16 ETH, BUT…. Because I am one of the collaborators on the project, anyone holding one of my NFTs can mint an ACCESS PASS for just .09 ETH. We’ve also got a prize up for grabs along the hunt for whoever solves our clue first (there are many prizes from a whole bunch of artists so even if you don’t win the grand prize there are still cool things to be had!). Here are the PREMINT links to register:

For Beautiful Cities Holders: https://www.premint.xyz/phrazeboard/beautiful-cities-trey-ratcliff/
For Drop 1 Holders: https://www.premint.xyz/phrazeboard/trey-ratcliff-drop-1/
For AiVATAR Holders: https://www.premint.xyz/phrazeboard/aivatarnft/
For Heart Chakra Holders: https://www.premint.xyz/phrazeboard/heartchakra/

(Anyone with an NFT from any other Trey collection, open a support ticket on my Discord before noon on the 29th May and we’ll get you sorted.)

Be sure to watch the trailer on Premint (or below) for a bit more info about the project!

Happy hunting!

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