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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

Sep 7th 2012

AOL Artists Celebrate Fashion Week with New Canvases


It is officially Fashion Week! Get glamourous with four paintings by our newest AOL Artists Cate Parr and NOMOCO. The new canvases debuted on AOL.com today along with a bonus canvas, Rain Cloud, by NOMOCO.

Cate Parr, a Los Angeles-based artist, was born and raised in the UK. Cate's paintings are executed in watercolor and ink, focusing on color, gesture and movement. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and Detour Magazine, to name a few. NOMOCO, a London-based artist, was born and raised in Japan. NOMOCO's work also utilizes ink and paint, deriving inspiration from movement and play. She has worked with clients such as The New York Times, Neiman Marcus and Marc Jacobs. We're thrilled to welcome Cate Parr and NOMOCO into the AOL Artists community.

Want to make one of the new canvases your background on AOL.com? Click for Lady, Rose, Palette, Five Girls, or Rain Cloud.

Aug 29th 2012

AOL Artists Launch Ten New Canvases


From painters to sculptors, join us as we welcome five new artists into the AOL Artists program. Erika Somogyi, Jessica Snow, Lauren Cotton, Matt W. Moore, and Rebeca Raney have created ten new canvases which launched today on AOL.com.

Erika Somogyi, a Brooklyn-based artist, creates complex sculptures and paintings that are both beautiful and fun. Rebeca Raney, another Brooklyn-based artist, creates work of a similar nature, using paint and sculpture to create work that is exciting and playful. The two actually met prior to joining the AOL Artists community while exhibiting at Monya Rowe Gallery. Jessica Snow, a San Francisco-based artist, is known for her colorful geometric paintings and installations. Her most recent group exhibition included the work of renowned artists such as Ellsworth Kelly and Sol LeWitt. Lauren Cotton, a Connecticut-based artist, creates large-scale installations out of neon tape. Her work has been exhibited at multiple galleries along the East Coast. Matt W Moore, based in Portland, Maine, creates work that spans a multitude of disciplines. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally. We are thrilled to have such an eclectic group of creatives join the AOL Artists community.

Want to make one of the new canvases your background on AOL.com? Click for Tree Stump, Blue Mountains, Volcano, Petals, Triangles, Geode, Pixel, Dazzle, Ghost, or Snowman.

Aug 9th 2012

AOL Artists & Artlog's Summer Art Pass


Tuesday night, AOL Artists teamed up with Artlog's Summer Art Pass for an exclusive evening of interactive art and a sneak peak of the AOL Artists collection. Upcoming AOL Artist Aakash Nihalani, who is featured in the collection, spoke about his artistic process and how he got started in the art field. Prior to the event, Aakash created a custom installation which was placed in the AOL office for the event's guests. Throughout the night, attendees could Instagram photos of themselves engaging with the piece for a chance to win a print of his upcoming canvases for AOL. The night ended with Aakash handing out neon tape and encouraging everyone to create ephemeral installations throughout the office, inspired by Aakash's infamous "street art."

Aakash Nihalani is a Brooklyn-based artist who has gained critical acclaim for his installation work. His most recent clients include Lacoste Live and Facebook. In Fall 2012, four of his original artworks will launch on AOL.com. AOL Artists actively commissions artists from around the world to create original works of art for the AOL brand. To date, 104 artists have been commissioned to create over 260 works of art in a variety of mediums including, painting, sculpture, drawing, and more.

Check out AOL Artists to view a gallery of all of our works of art.

Aug 8th 2012

AOL Artists Adds More Summer Canvases


We are closing this season's ongoing Summer Series of canvases with two breathtaking paintings by alumni AOL Artist Chrissy Angliker. "Shore Side" and "Sunflower" evoke the heat of August, the beauty of the season, and are dripping with color.

Chrissy Angliker, a Brooklyn-based artist, was born in Zurich, Switzerland, and moved to the states when she was just 16 years old to study fine art at the Walnut Hill School in Natick, Massachusetts. Chrissy later went on to study Industrial Design at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Her paintings have been exhibited internationally and she is currently represented by William Bennett gallery in New York and Knoerle & Baettig in Switzerland. Chrissy has been an active member of the AOL Artists community since 2010. She created beloved canvas "Dripping Color" and painted a permanent mural in AOL's San Francisco office that served as inspiration for "Shore Side." We couldn't be happier to have such an incredible artist as a part of our program.

Want to make one of the new canvases your background on AOL.com? Click here for "Shore Side," or here for "Sunflower."

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