TIM OKAMURA

TIM OKAMURA

1okamura.ID.ID.

1okamura.ForitsFortis.

1Okamura.From-the-Spark-Comes-the-Light-eFrom The Spark Comes The Light.

Tim Okumara investigates identity, the urban environment, and contemporary iconography through a unique method of painting – one that combines an essentially academic approach to the figure with collage, spray paint and mixed media. He is a painter known for his depiction of African-American and minority subjects in urban settings, and his combination of graffiti and realism. His paintings are filtered through the lens of his own personal experience as someone of mixed race growing up in Canada, where he was often identified as “different,” and even ridiculed for that perception. Born in Edmonton, Canada, painter Tim 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 in 1991. After graduating with an M.F.A. in 1993, Okamura relocated to Brooklyn, New York, where he continues to live and work. Exhibited at Snap! Space courtesy of Yeelen Gallery.