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Sep 28th 2012

Three Fantastic Artists Join the AOL Artists Community with Five New Canvases


Painting, sculpture, design, and more! Join us in welcoming three incredible artists into the AOL Artists program. David Ellis, Jen Stark, and Tomokazu Matsuyama have created five new canvases which debuted today on AOL.com.

David Ellis, a New York-based artist, is known for his kinetic installations that draw inspiration from his background in music. Most recently, his motion painting, Paint on Trucks in a World in Need of Love, was exhibited at the MoMA in New York. Jen Stark, based in Los Angeles, creates complex and colorful sculptures out of precisely cut paper. Her work is in the permanent collection at the Miami MoCA. Jen has also had solo exhibitions at renowned art spaces such as LMAK Projects in New York and Martha Otero Gallery in Los Angeles. Tomokazu Matsuyama, born in Tokyo and currently based in New York, is known for his mystical paintings and installations. He has exhibited across the world, from Dubai to Los Angeles. His most recent solo exhibition was at Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.

We are ecstatic to have these three artists join our community! Make one of their canvases your background on AOL.com today. Click for Beams, Fire, Hole, Stratum or Pink Rain.

Sep 19th 2012

AOL Artists Debut Winner of the Behance.net Motion Competition on a Newly Designed AOLArtists.com


From April to May this year, AOL ran a competition on the Behance network, tapping its incredible collective of creatives. Five finalists were selected and given the opportunity to present story boards to AOL. After much deliberation, "Rezeption" was selected as the next Motion Canvas, and creator Roman Ruetten was named the winner. Roman is a New York-based artist who grew up in Cologne, Germany. He, and his artwork, are currently showcased on the newly designed AOLArtists.com, which also launched today.

The new AOLArtists.com, designed by two of our top designers, Justin Michael Smith and Stephen Meszaros, features over 200 of AOL's canvases in a variety of mediums, and over 1,000 images of artwork. The site aims to make art accessible to a wider audience, allowing users to engage with AOL's canvases and the artists that have created them. An optimized search allows you to find artists, artworks, and initiatives, by color, medium, artist name, and canvas name. Additional features include pages for each curated collection, a sort-by-color functionality, and easier access to AOL Artists' initiatives, Rainbow City, the Seven on Seven conference, and more.


AOL Artists actively commissions artists from around the world to create the visual identity for the AOL brand. To date, 114 artists have been commissioned to create 282 canvases for AOL. Additionally, the program's involvement in the creative community extends beyond traditional commissioning and into the public sector. Public art installations, charitable murals, grants, conferences, and media coverage for local artists and art communities have been powerful extensions of the program and AOL's support of the arts.

Find out more by visiting AOLArtists.com

Jul 25th 2012

AOL Artists Celebrate the Olympics with New Canvas and Giveaway


The Summer 2012 Olympics are almost here! Get into the Olympic spirit with our new canvas "Bronze, Silver, Gold" by AOL Artist Allie Rex. Additionally, we are offering users the chance to win one of twenty Olympic-inspired drink koozies decorated with this one of a kind work of art.

To enter to win, follow these two simple steps:
  1. Follow @AOLArtists
  2. Click to Tweet: It's almost the Summer Olympics! Celebrate w/ "Bronze, Silver, Gold, " a new canvas by @AOLArtists @Allie_Rex: http://bit.ly/AOLAR

Winners will be announced at 3 PM on Friday, July 27.*

Allie Rex is a Brooklyn-based artist who creates 3D installations by painting a plastic film called mylar, and then cutting it into precise and neat shapes. Allie's work has been exhibited across the US, including exhibitions in New York, at Like The Spice Gallery, and Michigan, at the Cranbrook Museum of Art. We are thrilled to have Allie as a part of the AOL Artists program and to welcome "Bronze, Silver, Gold" into AOL's canvas collection of original works of art.

Want to make one of the new canvases your background on AOL.com? Click "Bronze, Silver, Gold."

*Note: You must login to Twitter and your Twitter account MUST be public for us to see the tweet and for you to enter. Official rules here.

Jun 15th 2012

AOL Artists Celebrate Father's Day with New Canvases


Join us as we welcome Marco Cibola and Christine Berrie to the AOL Artists program with two new canvases, Bicycle and Catch, which celebrate Father's Day. Marco is an Ontario-based artist whose stunning graphic art and portraiture have appeared in publications such as Time Magazine, The New York Times and Nylon. When approached to create a canvas in honor of Father's Day, Marco leapt at the opportunity and created Bicycle, a piece that is both masculine and cheerful.

Christine, a UK-based artist, approached creating the canvas Catch with the same enthusiasm, as the piece is both nostalgic and fun. Christine's beautiful hand-rendered illustrations have been featured in publications such as The Guardian, Esquire, and Time Out. We are thrilled to have such beautiful permanent additions to the AOL Canvas collection.

Want to make one of the new canvases your background on AOL.com? Click here for Bicycle or here for Catch.

May 11th 2012

AOL Artists Celebrate Mother's Day with New Canvases


It's almost Mother's Day! In celebration of this special holiday, two canvases – Garland and Flower Pot – have debuted on AOL.com. Our newest AOL Artist, Eloise Corr Danch, created the two sculptures out of delicately cut paper. Click here for a behind the scenes look at Eloise creating Garland.

Eloise Corr Danch is a Brooklyn-based artist with an eclectic creative background. Originally a painter studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, Eloise continued to immerse herself in Fashion Illustration in Paris and New York. Today, Eloise's work ranges from sculpture to set design. We are thrilled to welcome Eloise to the AOL Artists program.

Want to make one of the new canvases your background on AOL.com? Click here for Garland or here for Flower Pot.

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