Aaron Hazel

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Aaron’s influences are vast.  In a recent Q&A in the gallery, we asked Aaron to share a bit more about his influences:

While Russian impressionists are huge influences of mine, I’ve also been heavily influenced by the work of Jasper Johns, and  his use of color, application  of paint, and simplicity of form. I’m also super influenced by Warhol, Rauschenberg, Hockney, and just mid-century modernism in general. Chuck Close was also influential in that his later work really proved that abstract shapes in their correct value can read as realistic, even photorealistic. Basquiat’s application of paint influenced the Rufus Buck, and Cassidy pieces.

I paint portraits because I find people fascinating. Their narratives excite and inspire me. Their faces pique my curiosity. I love the variety of colors within a skin tone and I enjoy exploring the array of avenues to create a face. As a child the image of the traditional Native American was that of peace, yet savagery, and a race that was almost mythical and non-existent.   So since youth, I’ve always been curious, and have wanted to do a full-fledged research project on Natives, and other minorities of the old west who I figured had to exist…so this is my opportunity.

About Aaron

Aaron Hazel is an award-winning artist whose work is featured nationally in galleries and publications. Hazel earned his B.F.A. from Whitman College where he was also a member of the basketball team. Much of Hazel’s early work focused on the art of athletics and he has been commissioned by numerous professional athletes. Hazel’s recent work focuses on minorities of the West, who are vastly underrepresented in general academia. An avid “student of the game” Hazel is constantly exploring different styles and subject matter. He assists in the workshops of renowned impressionist Robert Moore. Hazel’s work has been featured at the Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle, galleries throughout the West, and on the corporate walls of Starbucks, Facebook and Nike.

Selected Archive

No Heart by Aaron Hazel
No Heart
16″ x 20″ – oil – sold
I Think I See My Friends by Aaron Hazel
I Think I See My Friends
48″ x 36″ – oil – sold
Heal by Aaron Hazel
24″ x 24″ – oil – sold
John Lewis by Aaron Hazel
John Lewis
20″ x 16″ – Oil – sold
Rosa Parks by Aaron Hazel
Rosa Parks
10″ x 8″ – oil – sold
Guidance by Aaron Hazel
40″ x 30″ – oil – sold
American Dream by Aaron Hazel
American Dream
24″ x 24″ – oil – sold
Red Bus Tour by Aaron Hazel
Red Bus Tour
36″ x 24″ – oil – sold
Compton Cowboy by Aaron Hazel
Compton Cowboy
40″ x 30″ – Oil – sold
Lies Sideways in Gray by Aaron Hazel
Lies Sideways in Gray
20″ x 16″ – oil – sold
New Life by Aaron Hazel
New Life
8″ x 10″ – oil – sold
Stagecoach Mary by Aaron Hazel
Stagecoach Mary
30″ x 40″ – Oil – sold
Maribel by Aaron Hazel
48″ x 30″ – Oil – sold
Cowboys by Aaron Hazel
60″ x 48″ – Oil – sold
Comfortable by Aaron Hazel
24″ x 24″ – oil – sold
Just Kids by Aaron Hazel
Just Kids
10″ x 8″ – oil – sold
Biddy Mason by Aaron Hazel
Biddy Mason
20″ x 20″ – oil – sold
Journey West by Aaron Hazel
Journey West
10″ x 8″ – Oil – sold
Jackson Sundown by Aaron Hazel
Jackson Sundown
40″ x 30″ – Oil – sold
Sisters by Aaron Hazel
20″ x 20″ – Oil – sold
Lies Sideways by Aaron Hazel
Lies Sideways
16″ x 12″ – oil – sold
Sitting Bull in Yellow by Aaron Hazel
Sitting Bull in Yellow
40″ x 30″ – oil – sold
Out West by Aaron Hazel
Out West
20″ x 24″ – Oil – sold
Bulldogger by Aaron Hazel
36″ x 36″ – Oil – sold
Morning Stroll by Aaron Hazel
Morning Stroll
48″ x 24″ – Oil – sold
Navajo Man by Aaron Hazel
Navajo Man
24″ x 36″ – Oil – sold
The Rufus Buck Gang by Aaron Hazel
The Rufus Buck Gang
14″ x 18″ – Oil – sold
Wolf Robe by Aaron Hazel
Wolf Robe
40″ x 30″ – Oil – sold
Legend by Aaron Hazel
20″ x 20″ – Oil – sold
Rebel by Aaron Hazel
24″ x 30″ – Oil – sold
Cherokee Bill by Aaron Hazel
Cherokee Bill
20″ x 20″ – Oil – sold
Chief Black Bird by Aaron Hazel
Chief Black Bird
48″ x 48″ – Oil – sold
Chief Charlo by Aaron Hazel
Chief Charlo
24″ x 24″ – Oil – sold
Chasing the Sun by Aaron Hazel
Chasing the Sun
20″ x 20″ – Oil – sold
Kootenai Chief by Aaron Hazel
Kootenai Chief
20″ x 16″ – Oil – sold
Bird Rattle by Aaron Hazel
Bird Rattle
14″ x 11″ – Oil – sold
Chief Willie Seaweed by Aaron Hazel
Chief Willie Seaweed
20″ x 16″ – Oil – sold
Con Artist by Aaron Hazel
Con Artist
20″ x 20″ – Oil – sold
Queen by Aaron Hazel
30″ x 40″ – Oil – sold
Trailblazer by Aaron Hazel
20″ x 20″ – Oil – sold
Gladys by Aaron Hazel
24″ x 24″ – Oil – sold
Let 'er Buck by Aaron Hazel
Let ‘er Buck
36″ x 36″ – Oil – sold
Two of a Kind by Aaron Hazel
Two of a Kind
40″ x 30″ – Oil – sold
Woman in Striped Dress by Aaron Hazel
Woman in Striped Dress
24″ x 36″ – Oil – sold
Red Cloud by Aaron Hazel
Red Cloud
40″ x 30″ – Oil – sold
Red Cloud by Aaron Hazel
Cowboy Walker
24″ x 30″ – Oil – sold
Bandit by Aaron Hazel
24″ x 30″ – Oil – sold
Nat Love With Gun by Aaron Hazel
Nat Love With Gun
60″ x 36″ – Oil – sold
Golden Girl by Aaron Hazel
Golden Girl
30″ x 40″ – Oil – sold
Chief Medicine Crow by Aaron Hazel
Chief Medicine Crow
24″ x 18″ – Oil – sold
Two Moons by Aaron Hazel
Two Moons
30″ x 24″ – Oil – sold
Bill Pickett by Aaron Hazel
Bill Pickett
60″ x 36″ – Oil – sold
Yellow Dog by Aaron Hazel
Yellow Dog
36″ x 36″ – Oil – sold