Tim Okamura


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Tim Okamura investiga la identidad, el medio ambiente urbano, y la iconografía contemporánea a través de un método único de pintura que combina un enfoque esencialmente académico de la figura con el collage, la pintura en aerosol y técnica mixta.

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Tim Okamura 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.

Currently residing in Brooklyn, NY, Tim Okamura is a native of Edmonton, and graduated from ACAD in 1991, before moving to New York to obtain his MFA at the School of Visual Arts. Paintings from his "Urban Portrait" series have been seen in several films including "School of Rock" (Jack Black), "Pieces of April" (Katie Holmes), and prominently featured most recently in "Prime" (Uma Thurman, Meryl Streep). Okamura's work will also be seen in the upcoming "The Hottest State" (written and directed by Ethan Hawke).
Okamura's paintings have been widely exhibited in New York, including a Museum of Modern Art-curated exhibition at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, as well as The National Portrait Gallery in London, and The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh. (His painting "La Familia III - Les Soeurs" will be on view on at England's National Portrait Gallery beginning June 14th)
Prominent collectors include actresses Vanessa Marcil, Anabella Sciorra, and Uma Thurman, as well as Ethan Hawke, director Ben Younger, and musician Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of The Roots.
Tim Okamura is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting, and is currently on the Royal Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures shortlist for a commissioned portrait of the Queen of England. He also teaches painting and drawing in New York City at Parsons School of Design and the City College of New York in Harlem.

Solo Exhibitions
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 Galery, Edmonton, Canada
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
2005: Urban Portraits / Brooklyn Mythology, Delgado-Tomei Gallery Brooklyn, NY


Selected Exhibitions
2006: BP Portrait Awards Exhibition, Scottish National Portrait Gallery Edinburgh, Scotland

2005: Figuratively Speaking: A Group Preview of Seven Painters, Delgado-Tomei Gallery Brooklyn, NY

2004: Portrait Awards Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery London, UK

2004: Portrait Awards Exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery Aberdeen, Scotland

2004: Portrait Awards Exhibition, Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery Exeter, England


2004: Commissioned/Non Commissioned, Chung-Cheng Gallery, St. John's University Queens, New York

2003: After Matisse/Picasso, P.S.1/MoMA Queens, NY

2002: The Sound of Art, The Puck Building New York, NY

2001: Face Value: Portraits for the New Century, The Chrysler Building New York, NY

2001: BP Portrait Awards Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery London, UK

1999: Volte Face: Portraits, 450 Gallery New York, NY

1998: Young Guns 2: Emerging Artists, Art Directors' Club New York, NY

1996: 10th Anniversary Exhibition, James McMullan Gallery Edmonton, Canada

1993: Graduate Exhibition, Visual Arts Museum Gallery New York, NY

1992: Endangered, Art Directors' Club New York, NY

1991: After Hours, William Mackenzie Center Gallery Edmonton, Canada

1990: Art for Aids Awareness, Alberta College of Art Main Gallery Calgary, Canada

Artwork Appearing in Film

2005: "Prime", Stratus Films/ Universal
2004: "Jersey Girl", Miramax
2003: "The School of Rock", Paramount Pictures

2003: "Just Another Story", Roxbury Pictures

2003: "Pieces of April", InDigEnt Films

2002: "Unfaithful", 20th Century Fox

Education

1996-1997: New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

1993: M.F.A., School of Visual Arts ,New York, NY

1991: B.F.A., Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Canada

Professional Experience

2001-present: Adjunct Professor, Drawing and Painting, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY

1999-present: Adjunct Professor, Drawing and Design, The City College of The City University of New York, New York, NY

2004: Lecturer, Master's Study Tour, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY

2000: Guest Lecturer, St. John's University, Queens, NY

1993-1994: Graphic Designer, Bennett Book Advertising, New York, NY

Awards
2004 - Lily Auchincloss Foundation: Chosen Fellow in Painting
2004 - New York Foundation for the Arts: Fellowship in Painting
1991 - Alberta College of Art Board of Governors Award
1988-1990 - Louise McKinney Post-Secondary Scholarship
1989 - Henry Clinton Memorial Scholarship for Achievement in Visual Arts
1987 - Alexander Rutherford Scholarship

Private Collections
Uma Thurman, actress
Anabella Sciorra, actress
Vanessa Marcil, actress
Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, musician ("The Roots")
Bryan Greenberg, actor
Ben Younger, screenwriter/director
Darcy Levesque, Board of Governors, Alberta College of Art and Design



  • "The Ascension" TO1

    fine art print
    print size: 40"x30"
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    edition: 7 available out of 20
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    original painting
    oil/ mixed media on canvas
    64"x84", 2011

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  • "The White Dress" TO2

    fine art print
    print size: 32"x40"
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    edition: 20 available out of 20
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    original painting
    oil/ mixed media on canvas
    62"x78", 2014

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  • "Courage 3.0" TO3

    fine art print
    print size: 30"x30"
    image size: 28"x28"
    edition: 5 available out of 20
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    original painting
    oil/ mixed media on canvas
    64"x64", 2011

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  • "Histoire Naturelle" TO4

    fine art print
    print size: 20"x24"
    image size: 22"x18"
    edition: 18 available out of 20
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    original painting
    oil/ mixed media on canvas
    20"x24", 2012

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  • "Her Story" TO5

    fine art print
    print size: 36"x30"
    image size: 34"x28"
    edition: 20 available out of 20
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    original painting
    oil/ mixed media on canvas
    60"x72", 2014

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  • "Raw Potential (Slugger)" TO6


    fine art print
    print size: 36"x27"
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    edition: 17 available out of 20
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    oil/ mixed media on canvas
    36"x48", 2012

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  • "Fight Club" TO7

    fine art print
    print size: 40"x38"
    image size: 38"x36"
    edition: 12 available out of 20
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    original painting
    oil/ mixed media on canvas
    112"x130", 2012

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  • "Les Nubians Combat Pour L’Amour " TO8

    fine art print
    print size: 40"x35"
    image size: 38"x33"
    edition: 14 available out of 20
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    original painting
    oil/ mixed media on canvas
    72"x82", 2013

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  • "The Coronation" TO9

    fine art print
    print size: 30"x30"
    image size: 28"x28"
    edition: 9 available out of 20
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    oil/ mixed media on canvas
    78"x78", 2011

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  • "Skeletal System" TO10

    fine art print
    print size: 20"x24"
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    edition: 19 available out of 20
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    original painting
    oil/ mixed media on canvas
    20"x24", 2013

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  • "Sting" TO11

    fine art print
    print size: 40"x30"
    image size: 38"x28"
    edition: 20 available out of 20
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    original painting
    oil/ mixed media on canvas
    36"x48", 2013

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  • "Progressive Youth #1" TO12

    fine art print
    print size: 24"x31"
    image size: 22"x29"
    edition: 16 available out of 20
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    original painting
    oil/ mixed media on canvas
    76"x60", 2012

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  • "Pregnant Soldier" TO13

    fine art print
    print size: 40"x30"
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    edition: 20 available out of 20
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    original painting
    oil/ mixed media on canvas
    36"x48", 2013

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  • "Etiquette" TO14

    fine art print
    print size: 40"x30"
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    edition: 15 available out of 20
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    original painting
    oil/ mixed media on canvas
    60"x40", 2012

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  • "Lov (sic)" TO15

    fine art print
    print size: 20"x40"
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    edition: 20 available out of 20
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    original painting
    oil/ mixed media on canvas
    24"x48", 2014

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  • "Float" TO16

    fine art print
    print size: 40"x30"
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    edition: 20 available out of 20
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    original painting
    oil/ mixed media on canvas
    36"x48", 2013

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  • "The Fighter" TO17

    fine art print
    print size: 20"x40"
    image size: 18"x38"
    edition: 20 available out of 20
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    original painting
    oil/ mixed media on canvas
    98"x50", 2013

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  • "Work Shirt" TO18

    fine art print
    print size: 40"x30"
    image size: 38"x28"
    edition: 17 available out of 20
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    original painting
    oil/ mixed media on canvas
    56"x76", 2011

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