Curated blockchain-generated art gallery to open Thursday, a curated blockchain-generated art gallery, will officially open on Thursday, January 26, to provide “a safe and welcoming area” for crypto natives and newcomers to find and collect NFT art.

Artists like Tyler Hobbs and Erick Calderon have turned the harsh crypto winter to their advantage, creating popular collections of generative art on the website Art Blocks.

Tonic CEO Susannah Maybank, formerly the head of Gagosian’s digital division, explained that generative art provides artists with a reliable revenue stream from collectors.

She believes the digital world is central to every aspect of people’s lives. She said that “it’s amazing” that the platform now has access to a creative outlet that effectively conveys this reality and excites its target audience.

“We have ongoing conversations with people from the traditional art world to people who are very embedded in the Web3 community.”

Susannah Maybank, Co-Founder & CEO

Maybank said she’s committed to bridging the gap between the digital and real worlds via Web3, providing customers with tangible versions of the NFT artwork they can proudly display in their homes.

Although Maybank said the platform’s current focus is on generative art, she also explained that it is not anti-other forms of creative expression. She explained that the platform is eager to host creatives of all mediums.

Tonic’s first collection will debut its first collection, a set of generative art titled “Chromesthesia: Ascend” by Design Milk artist and founder Jaime Derringer, on January 31.

Derringer has been experimenting with chromesthesia in her recent works on paper and digital paints by introducing algorithmic interruptions coded to look like a MIDI controller. Despite the AI manipulation, the result is pastel abstractions with painterly depth and kineticism.

“We have ongoing conversations with people from the traditional art world to people who are very embedded in the Web3 community.”

Mariam Naficy, chairman of the board of

Alongside Maybank, Tonic is also led by Mariam Naficy. She explained that the handmade effect is crucial to Tonic’s overarching mission of bridging the digital and physical worlds.

The American entrepreneur said the organization leaned toward picking artists who exhibited “evidence of the hand in their work” and also “print beautifully.”

According to Naficy, these hybrid releases could be an excellent way to get more traditional Web2 collectors who want their digital purchases to have a “physicality” to them.

Tonic to revolutionize Web3 transactions

Tonic aims to make it even easier to do business on Web3 by offering credit card payments, temporary wallet service and meticulous care or attention to help people new to the space get started.

Tonic’s goal and target demographic align it with several other NFT platforms — such as Pace Verso and Particle — that are also trying to attract institutional investors and traditional collectors.

According to Naficy, there is an opportunity to convert NFT buyers into art collectors. She noted that the NFT fine art segment grew to $1.3 billion in sales in the first three quarters of 2022.

She insisted there had been a lot of growth in terms of both new collectors and general interest and enthusiasm for this market segment. Naficy argued that the central features of Tonic, “community engagement and education,” are crucial to the success of such an endeavor.

The platform takes pride in being a gathering place for collectors to meet and discuss crypto art and artists. Naficy explained that the rise of “a new generation of art collectors” is critical. She maintained that more people could be brought into the art world and encouraged to start collections with the right conditions.