About the Artist
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.
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.