Below the surface of Shantell Martin’s signature black and white drawings is an artists’ inquiry into the role of artist and viewer, where a work of art is more than an object of admiration disconnected from its inception. With a meditative process defined by an uninhibited flow, her compositions embody her internal state and the impermanence of the world around her. Exploring themes such as intersectionality, identity, and play, Martin is a cultural facilitator, forging new connections between fine art, education, design, philosophy, and technology.


In addition to prestigious solo shows at some of the most renowned art institutions including the 92Y Gallery in New York City, the iconic Albright Knox Gallery, and the MoCADA Museum, Martin has carved a path for herself that is as much intellectual as a producer and visual artist. During her two year tenure as an MIT Media Lab Visiting Scholar, Martin collaborated with the social computing group to use drawing as a medium to explore the interaction of social processes with physical spaces.

At the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Martin created a large-scale wall installation and worked with the Institute’s research group to explore how visual and computerized storytelling might influence media and technology innovation.


A fashion and design icon in her own right, Martin has collaborated with iconic brands such as Nike, Vitra, Max Mara, Tiffany & Co., and in 2018, Puma launched a global capsule collection featuring her drawings. Martin has collaborated with legendary artists such as Pulitzer Prize-winning performance artist Kendrick Lamar and acclaimed designer Kelly Wearstler. In late 2018, she was asked to collaborate with the prestigious New York City Ballet, where she created large scale drawings in the performance hall and foyer of the Lincoln Center for the company’s celebrated Art Series. She continues to teach as an adjunct professor at NYU Tisch ITP (Interactive Telecommunications Program), where she works with her students to push the boundaries of storytelling, visual art, and technology.


The relationship between an artist and collector should be just that... a relationship. If you are interested in purchasing original artworks please check out the shop and if you are interested in commissioning original artwork, she would like to get to know YOU a little better through a series of questions that will ensure the work she creates goes to great people that will love and value it. Please feel free to email for any other shop-related questions. For NFT's please visit Foundation and Opensea.

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Bowie  1976


Shantell Martin is proud to introduce Bowie 1976, a collection of three original NFTs by Playboy x Shantell Martin, inspired by the September 1976 Playboy Interview featuring David Bowie. As part of Nifty Pride, a collection of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) by five pairs of some of the world’s biggest visual and musical artists in celebration of the LGBTQ community. The collaborations, including NFTs from Troye Sivan and Jason Ebeyer, Charli XCX and Serwah, The Knocks and Moist Breezy, and Playboy and Shantell Martin, will be available starting Tuesday, June 29th at 6:30 PM ET on Nifty Gateway.

All proceeds from the primary sales of each NFT will go to support GLAAD and the participating artists; Playboy will assign all of its secondary sales proceeds to its artist partner and will make an additional $15,000 donation to GLAAD to support its mission. Renowned digital artists Blake Kathryn and Jason Ebeyer curated the collection, with support from Playboy.

"Like many of us, it feels like David Bowie has been forever present in my life, whether it was watching him on stage, experiencing him as the scary Jareth the Goblin King in Labyrinth, or diving into his legacy at the David Bowie Is exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. l I’ve always been in awe of his elaborate costumes and alter egos, and obsessed with his use of technology as a tool to generate lyrics in innovative ways, not to mention ALL the music. After reading Bowie’s Playboy Interview, I was initially taken aback. I can’t remember ever reading an interview that gave me such a strong sense that I was inside the subject’s head, hearing the person speak, unfiltered and unapologetic. At first, I worried that this would drive me to dislike him. He was so open about experimenting with drugs and his sexuality, and playing up, or, you could say, “dressing up” for the system. But after reading the interview a couple of times, it created the opposite effect. I appreciated the fact that he was just being himself—honest, open, creative, ambitious. His brazenness also made me realize how filtered and edited interviews are today. It became an incredible opportunity to dive into this rich conversation from Bowie’s past, to to pull it apart and then rebuild it again.

When embarking on this collaboration with Playboy, I wanted to lean into the parts of the interview that I found the most shocking, which, more often than not, involved the things Bowie had to say about sex, drugs, and rock and roll. To get there visually I enlisted Creative Director Ben Sheppee, an old friend and one of the most visually talented people I know. Ben pieced together the layout and worked on the graphic design and animation, interweaving elements of my work with the quotes and photographs from 1976." - Shantell Martin 

“It’s been a privilege to have freedom with these elements: the Playboy Interview, Bowie’s words, Andrew Kent’s original photos, and Shantell’s intricate touches, and the space to interpret them with my own sense of graphics design and animation,” says Ben. “We had a clear idea of what we wanted to accomplish and it was particularly special working on the project with GLAAD in mind.” - Ben Sheppee 


Project Credits

Shantell Martin - Artist
Liz Suman - Curator
Ben Sheppee / Observatory - Graphic Design / Animation
Observatory - AR
Andrew Kent - Photographer, 1976 Playboy Interview
Cameron Crowe - Writer, 1976 Playboy Interview
Nifty Gateway - Partner
Neon Gold - Partner

How to Participate in the Bowie 1976 Sale

Bowie 1976 will take place on June 29 exclusively on Nifty Gateway. To participate, create an account on Nifty Gateway. You can participate in the sale with cryptocurrency or a credit card (You must set up your credit card and verify your account in advance).

Mark your calendars for June 29!

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Please note: In order to participate in the upcoming Nifty Gateway drop and auction, there are a few steps you’ll need to take to get set up prior to June 29th.