People mistook this artist’s work for a van Gogh, so she decided to make the most of it by emulating his style. Aja Trier has always painted in an impressionist style, but one painting caught the eyes of the world. So, she began to recreate the iconic Vincent style, but with dogs. Great! She tells the story best herself.
“The energy and flow of his works are what resonates with me,” Aja said. “The thick strokes – I love being able to see the artist’s fingerprint in the art through their mark making. You can almost follow with your eyes the movements their hand made.”
“I have always painted in an impressionist manner but did not think my work looked particularly like van Gogh’s. Selling your work online, people tend to share and abbreviate what they are sharing for their audience. I had painted an Eiffel Tower piece I called ‘Seine’ in 2011 that people started sharing on Pinterest with the caption ‘Eiffel Tower by van Gogh’ and it spread like wildfire.”
“One day I came across a French educational blog that had an article on Vincent van Gogh that was advertising a trip around Paris to see some van Gogh works and locations – and there my painting was,” she continued.
“It was mind-boggling. Especially since it’s damn near impossible for van Gogh to have painted a finished Eiffel tower. He had moved to the south of France on February 20, 1888, well before the tower was completed. He never returned to Paris. The Tower wasn’t completed until March 1, 1889.”
“I’d told people this previously when they would insist van Gogh painted my painting – but when I saw this French educational site touting my painting as a van Gogh, it prompted me to start my van Gogh Never series of pieces, showcasing things [he] never saw.”
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