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.


Wayne by Aaron Hazel
48″ x 48″ – oil – sold
Comfortable by Aaron Hazel
24″ x 24″ – oil – sold
Joe Cosley by Aaron Hazel
Joe Cosley
36″ x 36″ – oil – sold
Compton Cowboy by Aaron Hazel
Compton Cowboy
40″ x 30″ – Oil – sold
The Talk by Aaron Hazel
The Talk
20″ x 20″ – oil – sold
Stagecoach Mary by Aaron Hazel
Stagecoach Mary
30″ x 40″ – Oil – sold
Sam Bass by Aaron Hazel
Sam Bass
24″ x 24″ – oil – sold
Slip-n-Slide by Aaron Hazel
30″ x 24″ – Oil – sold
Red Bus Tour by Aaron Hazel
Red Bus Tour
36″ x 24″ – oil – sold
Off to School by Aaron Hazel
Off to School
36″ x 48″ – oil – sold
First Step by Aaron Hazel
First Step
24″ x 24″ – Oil – sold
Kootenai Chief by Aaron Hazel
Kootenai Chief
20″ x 16″ – Oil – sold
Blackfoot Man by Aaron Hazel
16″ x 12″ – Oil – sold
Let 'er Buck by Aaron Hazel
Let ‘er Buck
36″ x 36″ – Oil – sold
Hopi Girl by Aaron Hazel
Hopi Girl
14″ x 11″ – oil – sold
Brushfire by Aaron Hazel
Brush Fire
9″ x 12″ – oil – sold
Maribel by Aaron Hazel
48″ x 30″ – Oil – sold
Cowboys by Aaron Hazel
60″ x 48″ – Oil – sold
Straight Forehead by Aaron Hazel
Straight Forehead
16″ x 12″ – oil – sold
Summit by Aaron Hazel
48″ x 24″ – Oil – sold
Just Kids by Aaron Hazel
Just Kids
10″ x 8″ – oil – sold
Piper by Aaron Hazel
20″ x 24″ – Oil – sold
Sisters by Aaron Hazel
20″ x 24″ – Oil – sold
Black Horn by Aaron Hazel
Black Horn
36″ x 36″ – Oil – sold
Sisters by Aaron Hazel
20″ x 20″ – Oil – sold
Jackson Sundown by Aaron Hazel
Jackson Sundown
40″ x 30″ – Oil – sold
Perch by Aaron Hazel
12″ x 16″ – Oil – sold
Let it Snow by Aaron Hazel
Let it Snow
40″ x 30″ – Oil – sold
The Watch by Aaron Hazel
The Watch
48″ x 36″ – Oil – sold
Boss Lady by Aaron Hazel
Boss Lady
48″ x 36″ – Oil – sold
Will Rogers by Aaron Hazel
Will Rogers
24″ x 36″ – Oil – sold
Nat Love With Gun by Aaron Hazel
Nat Love With Gun
60″ x 36″ – 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
Bask by Aaron Hazel
30″ x 30″ – Oil – sold
Champion by Aaron Hazel
24″ x 24″ – Oil – sold