About the Artist
Life is a canvas, Art is my imprint.
Is the ethos artist Jason O’Brien lives by and it describes his commitment to leaving his mark in life with works of art that deliver messages of inspiration indelibly leaving his imprint on anyone who views it.
Jason O'Brien is a Canadian born artist living in Toronto who explores soulful, introspective themes of the human condition that celebrate love, spirituality, strength, vulnerability, connectedness and the awesome resiliency of the human spirit. Jasons' work are a collection of his personal thoughts and aspirations that draw narratives from Black-Afro-Carribbean culture, literature, music, fashion and pop-culture translated through heroic subjects artfully presented to communicate his concepts through the lens of the Black experience. His work is produced on large gallery canvas using rich vibrant acrylic paints and now he applies those same traditional skills to harnesses the power of digital working directly from his iPad to create original emotionally stunning works. Jason invites viewers to delve deep in to his work and hopes they will see pieces of themselves reflected back.
Jason’s work resides in many private collections around North America and over the past 20 years has been showcased publicly at local art auctions, gallery exhibitions, charity fundraisers around Toronto. His most popular painting “Rainbow” was recently featured on the book cover of acclaimed author Deidre Berry's “The Next Best Thing”(Amazon/Kindle) and most notably on the critically acclaimed dramatic TV series “Queen Sugar” - Season 1 (2016) produced by Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay (OWN Network). Through his work he Jason invites viewers on a journey to examine his interpretations of what he believes make us “Beautifully Human” and it is his hope in his work you will see pieces of yourself reflected back.
Exhibits and Events
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.