Artist A.J. Wood painting an impressionist self portrait during the Joplin Main Street Art Walk
A.J. is an award winning artist, photographer and designer. His works are exhibited worldwide. He has been creating art for 4 decades. In his youth, A.J. learned classical art methods in his mother's fine art studio. In later years he received his education in the filed of graphic design and visual communications. He views his creative talent as a means of exploring the subject of each artwork as well as the nature of the various materials and methods he uses to create visual imagery. His non-conformist approach to subject matter, style and method have found favor with interior designers and decorators, who frequently choose A.J. for his adaptability of style and content. A.J. has worked been commissioned by professional athletes, Grammy winning musicians and fortune 500 companies. He has worked as artist and art director on projects for Walt Disney, Hilton Hotels, Fox Best Damn Sports Show, ESPN2, Hooters Hotel and Casino, Marino's Restaurant and has collaborated with artists from Dreamworks, WETA and many others. His most cherished clients are the families, sportsmen, and high school athletes he has been honored to produce paintings for. A.J. finds enjoyment in good friends, good food, good entertainment and good adventures. He loves the outdoors and is an advocate of conservation.
A.J. is the founder of AWANGA (Art With a New Graphic Attitude). The premise of AWANGA is to converge technologies, experience, methods and materials from all areas of creative image making to produce lasting art that people will own because they fall in love with it. A.J. believes that owning artwork should be as enjoyable and emotional as creating artwork.
Jordan Wood is an Irish American artist that has been involved with creative projects since an early age. At the age of 4 Jordan assisted his father on a 4,000 sq. ft. interior mural entitled "Trudy's Alley" where he painted large graphic images representing inner city New York. He also co-produced and edited a short film at the age of 8 which was shot entirely in Ireland. Jordan was the was co-creator with his father on a tradeshow exhibit design that won Best Booth at the 2006 Miami Boat Show. He is frequently commissioned to photograph large events such as Cycle Connections Ride for Life. Jordan has a critical eye for detail and enjoys drawing and painting a variety of subjects. Jordan will graduate from Joplin High School in 2012 and has a college path that includes studying art overseas. He is currently working to produce 100 painted canvases in a variety of styles and subject matter as a joint project with his father with the goal of selling each piece to help earn his way through school. Jordan loves sports and plans to continue his athletic endeavors as part of a balan