Artificial Intelligence Artwork – History

Artificial Intelligence Artwork is defined as art created by “Artificial Intelligence” . According to Oracle – Artificial Intelligence ( AI ) “refers to systems or machines that mimic human intelligence to perform tasks and can iteratively improve themselves based on the information they collect” ( Oracle ,2022). AI uses gathered datasets and improves as it progresses , essentially known as “machine learning”.

Artificial Intelligence Artwork was born out of Computer Generated Graphics , which was first seen with “Turtle” , a graphical programme which was part of “Logo” which game out in 1967. Whilst this wasn’t an example of AI Generated Artwork specifically , it was the basis on Computers creating graphics , and graphics which could be seen as art – in the eye on the beholder..

Some early Computer created graphics from Wikipedia – the precursor to AI Generated Artwork. It does remain to be seen if one could refer to these images as “art”.

The Beginnings of Artificial Intelligence Artwork
414owen, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Turtle - The beginnings of Artificial Intelligence Artwork
Path slopu, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Turtle - The beginnings of Artificial Intelligence Artwork
Path slopu, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Computer Generated Graphics – The step towards art.

As time went on , AI Artwork become more complex and advances were made toward the productions of today. Harold Cohen developed a Computer Programme called “AARON” which enabled complex lined drawings to be completed by a computer. The advancement of the programme saw it draw actual paintings selecting brushes and dies itself without human input. Cohen died in 2016 and the code was not open source , therefore the knowledge dying with him.

Video of Art Produced by AARON

AI Artwork – Text to Image Processing

The forerunner for production of Artificial Intelligence Artwork was Dall-E which uses “machine learning” mechanisms to convert text to image using 12 billion parameters in its dataset. It is open sources and many other applications will interact with it for the production of AI Art output.

Here are examples run through the dall-e system using the text “an illustration of a baby daikon radish in a tutu walking a dog” to create some art.

Dall-e-2 is the advanced brother to the original , and is that which is behind many of the digital AI Artwork we see today.

Artificial Intelligence Art
By DALL-E –, Public Domain,

Artificial Intelligence Artwork in real life

We have used to create our selection of images using the text “wonderful widgets” . uses a combination of 2 neural networks ( they are mathematical algorithms which teach computers to essentially think like human brain ) to produces its amazing art, VQGAN and CLIP, it iterates over the image 250 times , improving each time before generating the output to the end user. The Artwork is vivid and colourful and difficult to produce unless your an exceptional artist.

A US artist recently won 1st Prize at a Colorado Art competition using Artificial Intelligence Art , much to the irritation of his peers. Another US movie producer is using AI entirely to create a movie called “Salt”. This shows the shift in the use of the technology.

A selection of our AI Generated Artwork products


Artificial Intelligence Artwork is become more widespread and a “synthetic media” for the future . For marketeers , it opens up new avenues for content creation and display , though can we ever do without human interaction ? A first cousin to AI Generated Art is “deepfakes” which use very similar technology and bring worry to all. Like any technology , the win with AI Art will be in the balance of its usage , both commercially and personally.