Applied Art vs Fine Art


“Most of the true collectors look for artists with a unique and identifiable style/narrative…”

There’s a substantial amount of information on this website. Why should you read it?

Because the information on this site will give you a thorough understanding of my fifty year design journey. It will help you understand me, my motivation, and my work which falls into the category of applied art.

I am the only cryptographer working in the physical or digital realm using linear graphics, my trademark, to unveil a traditional substitution cipher and RGB identification to reveal the hidden secrets within a single-layer raster file.

“The difference between applied art and fine art is one of ultimate purpose. Fine art is produced simply for aesthetic purposes, where the end result is found visually appealing to the viewer. Applied art is also aesthetic, but with an interactive design or a problem-solving goal that is part of a greater purpose.” My work has all three elements.

The vast majority of work you see in galleries or online marketplaces that handle traditional physical art or NFT’s would be considered fine art – produced simply for aesthetic purposes. Applied art is much more limited in the graphic art arena. It was non-existent in the cryptogram world until I minted my first pieces on the blockchain. 

From the Encyclopedia of Art Education

“What Does Applied Art Include?

For the sake of simplicity, works of applied art comprise two different types: standard machine-made products which have had a particular design applied to them, to make them more attractive and easy-to-use; and individual, aesthetically pleasing but mostly functional, craft products made by artisans or skilled workers.

Artistic disciplines that are classified as applied arts include industrial design, fashion design, interior design, and graphic art and design (including computer graphics), as well as most types of decorative art (eg. furniture, carpets, tapestry, embroidery, batik, jewellery, precious metalwork, pottery, goldsmithing, basketry, mosaic art, and glassware). Illuminated manuscripts and later book illustration are also classified as applied arts. Architecture, too is best viewed as an applied art.”

Most applied art falls into categories other than graphic art. My work, in addition to its interactive abstract design, has a problem solving goal along with a unique methodology employed to achieve its greater purpose – solving the cryptogram.

My work is so distinctive that it requires an appreciable amount of background information to fully understand. If you are a puzzle lover, an art collector or both, please study the information on this website. It’s the most convenient way to get acquainted with me and my work.