About the Artist

Jason O'Brien

Life is a canvas, Art is my imprint

Is my ethos and describes my commitment to leaving a mark in this life with works of art that inspire and make the statement that I was here - that I existed and art is my unique imprint. My name is Jason O'Brien and as an artist what inspires me is telling a story without words, capturing the imagination of my viewers by exploring the soulful and complex themes of the human condition that celebrate love, spirituality and the resiliency of the human spirit to help us achieve the impossible. My inspirations draw from Black culture, literature, ​music, fashion and pop-culture translated through heroic subjects to artfully communicate my concepts. My works are produced using rich acrylic paint and mixed media on canvas and also digitally to produce my work. Toronto is home and home to one of Canada’s premier art institutions, the Ontario College of Art & Design University (OCADU), where I received a graduate diploma in Illustration, Communication and Design in 1995. Since then, my work now resides in many private collections and has been showcased publicly at local art auctions, charity fundraisers, exhibitions and has been featured on the book cover for Deidre Berry's “The Next Best Thing”, and most notably on the critically acclaimed dramatic series “Queen Sugar” produced by Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay (OWN Network). Through my gallery, I invite you on a journey to examine my interpretations of what I believe make us “Beautifully Human” and it is my hope you will see pieces of yourself reflected back.

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Exhibits and Events

  • April 2018 International Multi-Art Event Project, Monaco
  • Sep 2011 DUO Presents – Do U Original, Twist Gallery, Toronto
  • Jul 2010 From The Soul, The R.O.M (Royal Ontario Museum), Toronto
  • Sep 2009 SHE, presented by JMK Art Collective, The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
  • Jul 2009 Beyond The Rhythm, The R.O.M (Royal Ontario Museum), Toronto
  • Feb 2009 O‐NINE, presented by JMK Art Collective, Trane Studio, Toronto
  • Sep 2008 SIGNATURE, presented by JMK Art Collective, The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
  • Jul 2008 Roots to Rhythm, The R.O.M (Royal Ontario Museum), Toronto
  • Nov 2007 INSPIRED, presented by JMK Art Collective, The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
  • Jul 2007 MASK, Blue Dot Gallery, Toronto
  • Feb 2007 Artuary Art Show, Toronto
  • Nov 2006 Colour Blind, Toronto
  • Feb 2006 Artuary Art Show, Toronto
  • Jun 2003 Power of Expression Art Auction, Toronto; Acknowledged as a “Emerging Artist”
  • Nov 2002 Power of Expression Art Auction, Toronto
  • Jul 2001 “BLACK” the Bantu Art show, Toronto
  • Apr 2001 Power of Expression Art Auction, Toronto
  • Feb 2001 Human Rights Commission Through Art
  • Feb 2001 Society of African Canadian Artists (S.A.C.A.), Juried Exhibition, Toronto
  • Oct 2000 “The Love Within” Artistic Fund Raiser, Toronto
  • May 2000 “Power of Expression” Art Auction, Toronto
  • Oct 1999 Black Reel Awards, Toronto
  • May 1999 Power of Expression Art Auction, Toronto

Publications / Media

Sept 2016 - QUEEN SUGAR (TV Series) - “Rainbow” and “Black Cotton” have been featured on the set of the popular hit TV drama series Queen Sugar produced by Oprah Winfrey and Ava DeVernay. Since its appearance on television they have risen to great popularity and are sought after by art lovers everywhere to add to their collection.