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Tim Okamura: Woman as Warrior

Photo of Jay Menendez standing next to an Okamura painting in the Tullman Collection at 1871, Chicago.

Photo of Jay Menendez standing next to an Okamura painting in the Tullman Collection at 1871, Chicago.

Tim Okamura, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1968, is a contemporary painter known for his masterful depictions of African American and minority subjects in urban settings. Utilizing a combination of graffiti and realism Okamura’s works investigates identity, the urban environment, metaphor, and cultural iconography through a unique method of painting – one that combines an essentially ‘realist’ approach to the figure with collage, spray paint and mixed media. The juxtaposition of the rawness and urgency of street art and academic ideals has created a visual language that acknowledges a traditional form of storytelling through portraiture, while infusing the work with resonant contemporary motifs.  www.timokamura.com  

Tim Okamura, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1968, is a contemporary painter known for his masterful depictions of African American and minority subjects in urban settings. Utilizing a combination of graffiti and realism Okamura’s works investigates identity, the urban environment, metaphor, and cultural iconography through a unique method of painting – one that combines an essentially ‘realist’ approach to the figure with collage, spray paint and mixed media. The juxtaposition of the rawness and urgency of street art and academic ideals has created a visual language that acknowledges a traditional form of storytelling through portraiture, while infusing the work with resonant contemporary motifs.  www.timokamura.com

 

Woman as Warrior Curated by Tim Okamura
Exhibition Gallery: Zhou B Art Center
Publication: PoetsArtists
Exhibition Dates: August to October 2017
Open Submissions Deadline: June 1, 2017 (Open submissions means that our curator is also personally inviting artists. Those who submit through the open submissions call will be notified by Didi Menendez if their work is accepted after the curator reviews all open submissions received.)

Submission Call: Submit artwork depicting the theme WOMAN as WARRIOR.  

Read guidelines before submitting work. Read previous issues of PoetsArtists and scroll through our Facebook page and other social sites to see previous shows. See icons above top right.

Guidelines: Zip a folder to Didi Menendez (didimenendez at gmail.com) including up to five high res 300 dpi images of your original work, a short narrative bio and contact information.

This call is open to any painter 18 years and older. The artists featured in this exhibition will be a combination of works received in our open call as well as artists invited by our curator to submit. The works in the group show will feature emerging as well as established artists. We are accepting paintings (all mediums) and sculptures for this call. Although we encourage larger works, artists are responsible for the costs of shipping their accepted pieces to and from the gallery so keep this in mind before submitting works which are heavy and large. We have an in-house policy where if your work is not in the publication then it will not be shown which means that supplying necessary images and copy for the publication is as important as displaying and installing the work in the gallery. If your work is accepted for publication and exhibition, Didi Menendez will contact you with further information and may ask for additional materials and may include requests for video, additional copy, interview and images. We will only contact you if your work is accepted. If your work is accepted you will be required to sign an artist agreement. There are no fees to submit. Simply follow the guidelines. 

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