Set Against a Backdrop of World Events, Tim Okamura’s Bold Portraits Emanate Commanding Energy

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July 19, 2022

Grace Ebert

“Fireplace Fighter” (2021), oil on canvas, 60 x 76 inches

Marked with visual brushstrokes and drips of paints, the portraits of  Tim Okamura (up to now) mix sensible portrayals of his topics with the fervent, unrestrained qualities of boulevard artwork. The Jap-Canadian artist, who not too long ago moved his studio from Brooklyn to Queens, facilities his observe round storytelling and honing in at the unique energies of the ones he paints.

A lot of Okamura’s portraiture develops in collection, whether or not because the Healthcare Heroes assortment dedicated to the nurses and medical doctors running tirelessly all the way through the pandemic or the commanding figures of the continued Ladies Warriors—many of those works can be on view as a solo exhibition in September of 2023 at Pittsburgh’s August Wilson African American Cultural Middle. Rendered basically in oil with the occasional acrylic or spray paint addition, the items seize the uncooked nature of Okamura’s procedure and the unique, tough presence of his topics.

If you happen to’re in Los Angeles, discuss with the Academy Museum to view the artist’s portrait of the overdue creator Toni Morrison. Another way, to find extra of his artwork on his website and Instagram, and skim limited-edition prints in his store.

 

Toni Morrison circa 1993

“Nurse Tracy” (2021), oil on linen, 40 x 60 inches

“Blood, Sweat, and Tears (Portrait of the Artist Marc Andre)” (2022), oil on linen, 32 x 26 inches

“Rites of Spring” (2021), oil on canvas, 64 x 64 inches

“Wealthy Medina” (2022), oil on picket panel, 24 x 24 inches

“Luminescence” (2022), oil and acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 inches

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#Tim Okamura

 

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