Artist Talk : Tim Okamura
Saturday, August 15, 2015, 12:30 – 4:30 pm
70 JOHN Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn - first floor
DUMBO Brooklyn - Sinotique Group and Inez Suen proudly present Tim Okamura, contemporary portrait painter. OnSaturday, August 15, 2015, Brooklyn-based, Tim Okamura will be at 70 JOHN in Brooklyn to speak about work,inspiration and process.
Artist talk is free but space is limited!
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Tim Okamura explores social identity within the urban environment, using metaphors and cultural iconography in his work. Combining a realist approach to the figure, with collage, spray paint and mixed media, Tim juxtaposes raw, urgent street art with academic ideals, thus creating his own visual language. Embracing the traditional form of story-telling through portraiture, he infuses the work with relevant and contemporary motifs that resonate beyond the canvas.
Tim Okamura, born in Edmonton, Canada, 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 in 1991. With an M.F.A. in Illustration as Visual Journalism, Okamura moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he continues to reside and paint.
Okamura is a recipient of the 2004 Fellowship in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts and has exhibitedextensively, including the U.S., Canada, Italy, Japan, Ecuador and Turkey. He has been selected nine times to appear in the prestigious BP Portrait Award Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England.
In 2006, Okamura was short-listed by the Royal Surveyor of the Queen’s Picture Collection for a commissioned portrait of the Queen of England.
In 2013, the University of North Carolina hosted a retrospective exhibition of Okamura’s work that focused on nearly a decade of production.
In 2014, Tim’s work was featured at the National Arts Club in New York City in a solo show alongside the works of Romare Bearden.
Tim Okamura’s art is on display in the permanent collections of the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Toronto Congress Center, the Hotel Arts in Calgary, Canada, and Standard Chartered Bank in London, England.
Celebrity collectors include Uma Thurman, musicians John Mellencamp, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (The Roots), director Ben Younger, as well as actors Bryan Greenberg, Vanessa Marcil, Annabella Sciorra, and Ethan Hawke.
70 JOHN is the design showroom for Sinotique Group. Highlighting Fine Art, Custom-Design Furniture, Lighting, and Accessories, 70 JOHN is located in a civil war era building in the historic landmark district, DUMBO, a five- minute drive from the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. The Sinotique Group, founded in 2000, is Designer, Jan Lee's extension of a 20-year career in the Home Furnishings industry
Inez Suen, Art Consultant / Curator, was born in Taipei and raised in Chicago. With an eye for the obvious, the outrageous, and the over-looked, Inez continues to discover and promote fine art. In 2009, after leveraging ten plus years of business experience in the New York art scene, Inez established her own global network, representing major artwork from Europe to Asia. For more information, visit: www.inezsuen.com