What you need to know about KnownOrigin

last updated 6 June 2020

David Moore, Andy Gray and James Morgan are the co-founders of one the fastest growing Ethereum art platforms within decentralised Web 3.0. A little over 18 months ago we launched KnownOrigin with a POP-up gallery event in Manchester (the birth place of the first modern computer).

We now have 330+ artists on the platform, over 4000 editions and more than 12000 digital artworks have been sold to date.

To get the full story about the launch of the Beta you should check out this article: KnownOrigin Launch Event

Our proposal:

Authenticate, showcase and sell rare digital artwork & collectables

KnownOrigin is an artist-driven platform that makes it easy for digital creators to authenticate, showcase and sell the artwork & collectables they produce.

How does KnownOrigin work

Empowering artists with a platform to showcase and sell their work securely supported with a public blockchain solution

Applying to be an artist

To become an artists or contributor on KnownOrigin you must create a profile page. This is typically a profile picture, Bio and social account such as twitter and instagram and can be done via the Sign in tab. Artists will need to have a digital wallet such as MetaMask.io or TrustWallet installed before doing this. Once a profile is created you are free to apply via Our Artist application form . We spend time reviewing the applications and verifying the artists via direct comms on Instagram, twitter and email. We try to ensure a very high level of due diligence and this can have an impact on how long it takes us to add new artists to the platform.

Create digital artwork

Artists create digital artwork that they can tokenise via KnownOrigin. All artwork files are held on IPFS (a distributed storage solution), these assets are given unique identifiers which can be tracked for chain-of-custody and provenance.

Upload artwork file to the gallery

The artist always controls the number of copies that exist which creates scarcity. Once all the assets have been sold no more will ever be created. All digital artwork can be traced transparently using blockchain technology and anyone can view the transaction history.

Sell rare digital art to a new wave of art collector

Collectors can buy digital assets as NFTs (non-fungible tokens) minted via KnownOrigin smart contract. We are a commission based platform and this is programmed in to the smart contract, so no middlemen are required, artists will immediately receive renumeration of their hard work and effort.

Showcase and sell digital artwork

Our smart contract handles all the commission directly on the blockchain. Get paid directly to your cryptocurrency wallet.

“Empowering artists and art collectors to create and own rare assets on the most respected Ethereum digital marketplace”

Full royalties and fee breakdown

The first sale of a KnownOrigin artwork, 85% goes to the Artist, 15% goes to commission fee.

For a secondary sale (and all sales made after the first sale) 87% goes to the Seller, 10% goes to the Artist and finally 3% goes to commission fee.

We will be watching closely and assessing feedback and usage of the fledgling KO secondary market over the coming months.

Why we use blockchain

Smart and transparent

KnownOrigin is a platform allowing artists to submit limited-edition digital artwork that is backed by blockchain technology. The combination of smart contracts and ERC721 (non-fungible token) compliance adds a level of transparency and security that have never been seen before.

Proving ownership of digital art

Using blockchain technology any digital artwork can be permanently embedded into a blockchain providing an immutable, trustworthy and reliable source of ownership. Each piece is unique and the full chain-of-custody history can viewed by anyone online

Providing provenance

Using the power of the Ethereum and smart contracts we provide a trusted and secure way to ensure provenance and chain-of-custody is permanently maintained for digital art which is sold on KnownOrigin

Meet the team


Blockchain Engineer
With over 15 years experience in developing software. Now focusing on emerging Blockchain technologies to develop decentralised applications (Dapps). Experienced in Smart contracts, Truffe, and web3Js.


Blockchain Engineer
With over 20 years experience in IT development for systems & products, Andy has immersed himself in decentralised application (Dapps) development. Focusing primarily on web 3.0, building smart contracts with Solidity, Truffle, and JavaScript.


dApp User experience designer
With over 10 years as a user experience designer, David has taken his insights from product and application design and turned his focus on Blockchain technologies. Working on web 3.0 platforms allows him to find solutions to new UX challenges. Improving & creating seamless experiences for customers is what drive him each day.


Entrepreneur and product designer
California native, Franky has multiple ‘start-up’ success stories as well as leading a design team at one of the largest blockchain companies. Franky studied web design and interactive media at The Art Institute of CA-San Francisco 2010.

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