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through a unique method of painting one that combines an essentially academic approach to the figure with collage, spray paint and mixed media.

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.

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