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Name  Tim Okamura

Role  Artist
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Artwork  The Royal Guard (Bronx), Diadems, The Coronation
Education  School of Visual Arts, Alberta College of Art and Design

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Tim Okamura (born 1968 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a contemporary Canadian painter known for his depiction of African-American and minority subjects in urban settings, and his combination of graffiti and realism. His work has been featured in several major motion pictures and in London's National Portrait Gallery. He was also one of several artists to be shortlisted in 2006 for a proposed portrait of Queen Elizabeth of England.

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Biography

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Okamura earned a B.F.A. with Distinction at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Canada before moving to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts. At ACAD he was a stand out, described by former class mates as one of the most talented alumni to ever graduate from the Alberta College of art and Design. After graduating with an M.F.A. in Illustration as Visual Journalism in 1993, Okamura moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he still resides.

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Okamura has had several solo exhibitions in New York and Canada, and has had his work chosen for inclusion in several prominent group exhibitions, including After Matisse/Picasso at the Museum of Modern Art-affiliated P.S.1 in Queens, New York, as well as being selected five times to appear in the BP Portrait Awards Exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery.

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Okamura - a recipient of the 2004 Fellowship in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts – has also had his paintings featured in several films including Pieces of April (InDiGent), School of Rock (Paramount), Jersey Girl (Miramax), and most prominently in Prime (Universal), a romantic comedy about a young New York painter starring Uma Thurman and Meryl Streep. Okamura’s work is also notable in Ethan Hawke’s The Hottest State.

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Tim Okamura’s art is on display in the permanent collections at the Toronto Congress Center, The Hotel Arts in Calgary, Canada, and Standard Chartered Bank in London, England; and in the private collections of Uma Thurman, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (The Roots), director Ben Younger, and actors Bryan Greenberg, Vanessa Marcil, Annabella Sciorra and Ethan Hawke.

Art

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Urban life and hip-hop has influenced not only Okamura’s subject matter in his paintings, but some of its musical concepts –sampling, combining new beats and classic grooves- also affected his approach to image-making: sampling excerpts from art history and world mythology, blending classical techniques of oil painting with the spontaneity of spray painted graffiti, combining the academic “realism” of his portrait and figure painting with modern graphics and contemporary urban environments. “I continue to be inspired simultaneously by the disparate visual language of Rembrandt’s dark portraits, the intense contemplation of Antonio Lopez Garcia, and “wild-style” graffiti writers”. "...a painter who does portraits with tumultuous graffiti backgrounds....a hip-hop painter". Nicholls,Liz (October 29, 2005), "Tim Okamura, Artist to the Stars", The Edmonton Journal(Edmonton,AB), Culture, E1

Solo

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  • 2014: Her Story, Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2014: Survey 2009 - 2014, National Arts Club, New York, NY
  • 2013: This Story Has Not Yet Been Told, The Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum, The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC
  • 2012: Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Douglas Udell GAllery, Edmonton, Canada
  • 2011: Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2011: VOLTA NY, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2009: Brooklyn Walls: hopechangedreams, Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, Canada
  • 2008: Women in White / Bushwick Walls, Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, Canada
  • 2006: Urban Portraits + Brooklyn Mythology, Axis Art, Calgary, Canada
  • 2005: Urban Portraits + Brooklyn Mythology, Delgado-Tomei Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. First exhibition of "King", a large-scale portrait of Martin Luther King
  • 2003: New Urban Portraits + Bricks, Locks, & Obstacles, Kanvas Gallery, NY, NY
  • Two Person

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  • 2014: Recent Work, with Jerome Lagarrique, White Room, Liquid Art System, Capri, Italy
  • 2009: Love, Strength, & Soul, with TheKidBelo, Show & Tell Gallery, Toronto, Canada
  • 2007: Brooklyn Mythology: The First Nations Cycle (with Thekidbelo), Axis Art, Calgary, Canada
  • Group

  • 2014: For the Time Being, Koki Arts, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2014: Fixation, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL
  • 2014: MIA in MIA, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2014: Resurgence: Works from the Collection, Yeelen Gallery, Miami, FL
  • 2013: Round Zero, The Art Director's Club, New York, NY
  • 2013: Body Politic, The National Arts Club, New York, NY
  • 2013: From Motion to Stillness, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL
  • 2012: Scope Miami 2012, Evan Lurie Gallery, Miami, FL
  • 2012: Toronto International Art Fair, Lyons Wier Gallery, Toronto, CA
  • 2012: The Box That Rocks, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2011: Pulse International Art Fair, Lyons Wier Gallery, Miami, FL
  • 2011: BP Portrait Awards Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
  • 2011: Here and Now, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2010: Pulse International Art Fair, Lyons Wier Gallery, Gallery, Miami, FL
  • 2010: BP Portrait Awards Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
  • 2010: The Gentrification of Brooklyn: The Pink Elephant Speaks, The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2009: BP Portrait Awards Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
  • 2008: BP Portrait Awards Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
  • 2007: Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada
  • 2007: Fall Preview, Douglass Udell Gallery, Edmonton, Canada
  • 2007: Spring Show, Douglass Udell Gallery, Edmonton, Canada
  • 2006: BP Portrait Awards Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
  • 2005: BP Portrait Awards Exhibition, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 2005: BP Portrait Awards Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
  • 2004: BP Portrait Awards Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
  • 2004: BP Portrait Awards Exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 2004: Commissioned/Non Commissioned, Chung-Cheng Gallery, St. John’s University, Queens, New York
  • 2004: BP Portrait Awards Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
  • 2003: After Matisse/Picasso, P.S.1/MoMA, Queens, NY
  • References

    Tim Okamura Wikipedia


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