AOL Artists

We commission, curate, coax and encourage talented artists worldwide to create original works of art for AOL and, in turn, the world.

"Art isn’t easy." - Stephen Sondheim

So we created a platform to help original works of art get made. And seen.

Upcoming AOL Artist Jessica Snow at Jen Bekman Gallery

Tonight is the opening of What’s the Point?, a group exhibition at Jen Bekman Gallery that features geometric artworks and spans a variety of mediums. We are thrilled to announce that upcoming AOL Artist Jessica Snow will have her work featured in the exhibition amongst influential artists such as Ellsworth Kelly and Sol LeWitt. 

An opening reception will be held tonight, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Jen Bekman Gallery, located at 6 Spring Street, New York, New York.

New Canvases by Jacqui Oakley in Celebration of Earth Day


In celebration of Earth Day, new AOL Artist Jacqui Oakley painted 4 canvases inspired by endangered animals and the world’s unique habitats. Each artwork has its own unique story and inspiration based on research and studies done by Jacqui. 


AMUR LEOPARD
"This illustration features the critically endangered Amur Leopard. With a population of just 30-35, threats facing the species include habitat loss due to logging, poaching, global climate change and an encroaching human population. I wanted to paint this beautiful creature glancing warily behind foliage; isolated and seemingly melding into the background, disappearing from our memory."
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TROPICS
"This illustration is focused on tropical flowers, birds and breezes. Maybe it’s due to the fact that I worked on these illustrations in the gloomy cold of a Canadian February, but I eagerly jumped at the chance to portray warmth, life and colour. With this piece I wanted the breezes to be wrapped around the flowers showing movement and the relationship between plants water and air through layers of translucent colour. I was inspired by the gorgeous and joyful patterns in vintage 1950s textiles."
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OCEAN
"One particular environment that is endlessly fascinating to me is the Ocean. I grew up in a house looking out on the Persian Gulf … I find the immense scale of the Earth’s oceans and seas incredibly awe-inspiring and overwhelming. Recently, the Census of Marine Life estimated there to be over 1 million species in the ocean, with three quarters still awaiting discovery. In this image I wanted to allow pattern and movement to depict the endlessly moving currents in the ocean."
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TREES
"For this piece I wanted to create a more engaging version of the water cycle. I wanted to show the symbiotic relationship between water and air within clouds, trees, bodies of water and the earth. With this painting, I played with contrasting patterns, movement and stylizing nature, all inspired by designs found in the Art Nouveau movement."
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Holly Holmes is a painter, sculptor, teacher, and curator who resides in Oak Park, Chicago. She created two beautiful watercolor works for AOL, entitled Blue Netting (left) and Streaming (right). Her work is heavily influenced from nature, books, science, and “experiences of the everyday,” said Holly.

Tom Burtonwood’s three new canvases - Floating Divs (center), Alpha Blocks (right), and HTML Paint (left) - are inspired by the alphabet, HTML and QR codes. In the studio he makes hard-edged geometric compositions in two and three dimensions with a “dash of 8-bit voxel blocks,” according to Tom. He also teaches at Columbia College and the School of Art Institute of Chicago.

Debut AOL Artist C. Finley’s six canvases launched on AOL.com today. C. Finley is known for her vibrant geometric paintings and site-specific public art installations. Her distinguished series, “Wallpapered Dumpsters,” has been reviewed by top critics like The New York Times and CNN. “Wallpapered Dumpsters” has been executed in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Rome, Berlin and New York and is aimed at exposing communities to art while promoting environmental awareness.

Finley is based in both New York and Rome and is currently the artist in residence at the Gai Mattiolo fashion house. She has exhibited internationally and approaches art-making with an inspiring optimism.

We are thrilled to have these artworks debut on AOL.com as a closing for Women’s History Month.

Gerhard Richter 

Gerhard Richter 

Spring has officially spring! To celebrate, our newest AOL Artist, Amy Jean Porter, has created two special AOL canvases, “Peonies" and "Phlox.”

Porter, a Connecticut-based artist, has gained critical-acclaim for her hand-painted illustrations. Read more about Porter on her AOLArtists.com profile page. 

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