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In an interview with Artnet News, Heidi Klum discusses her love of painting and her latest project interpreting the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs.


When asked if she had any formal training in painting, Klum said, "Art was one of my majors in Bergisch Gladbach, a small town outside Cologne. When I first went to New York in 1994, I took oil-painting classes with Wade Schuman on the weekends. I danced for 15 years before I started modeling. My poor parents had to bring me to dance three, four times a week, and my team went to national competitions. So I always was into expressing myself in many different fields. Because of life and work and traveling for modeling and later having children, there was less and less time for painting. But I never really stopped. And when the pandemic happened, I did more paintings. The fun thing was that we did one big painting together as a family when we were all stuck at our house. For about six months, everyone was always painting as they felt like it."


When asked where she gets her best painting done at home, Klum said, "I have an outside studio. It’s up on the bedroom patio. Everything I paint is with oil. I have two gigantic easels there, cans of paint, my brushes, and more canvases. I also have two couches there so people can lounge around and watch me paint. It’s a beautiful, big, outside space."

Heidi Klum poses at the installation of her painted sculpture <em>Dog With Butterflies</em> September 27, 2002 in New York City. Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images.

When asked what inspired these new NFT paintings and if she collects NFTs, Klum said, "I only have two NFTs, which I display on screens in my home. The first one is my Cryptopunk, which kind of looks like me. And my second one is a Utopian for Afterparty, which is this community that does special events. They have a house in Los Angeles where influencers come—it’s kind of what the young people are doing. I was very interested to see what this was all about. The NFT art world is wild. You don’t know what art I have hanging in my house. But with NFTs, because of your wallet, people can see what you have. I think that’s why a lot of people enjoy it. And it’s kind of like a new way to play the stock market. You can lose a lot. You can win a lot. It’s a way for people to get bragging rights—not that I do it for bragging rights!

Heidi Klum attends the 2022 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 15, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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"When I was looking around at all these different people doing NFTs, I thought, “What would my NFT be?” Most people have artists create their NFTs for them. But I wanted to create my own, because I love doing painting. So my idea was to paint on 10 of the most important NFTs out there, which next to the Cryptopunks, are the Board Apes. I think I got kind of the idea subconsciously, because I had asked Richard Prince to make a painting of me a long time ago, using one of my favorite pictures of me, shot by Rankin. That’s kind of what I wanted to do."

Information originally sourced from Artnet News.