Artist Tim Okamura beautifully portrays the landscape of New York with portraits painted against the haunting urban landscapes found outside his studio in Bushwich, Brooklyn. The paintings convey a mix of photo-realism meets street-art and graffiti with a sublte nod to female empowerment.
The Edmonton-born artist, brings his most recent work to Douglas Udell Gallery for a viewing. The show presents life-sized works of portraits painted against the rawness of New York City. The exhibit titled “"Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens" explores the beauty and complexity of the soulful New York City woman while envisioning her transcendence to “royal” status. Each painting features the ‘queens’ of the boroughs. A bit of a play on words for the borough of Queens; the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world.
You will be transfixed by the paintings; Okamura is a man of talent. He has been selected nine times to appear in the BP Portrait Awards Exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery. His work has been featured in several films including “School of Rock” (Paramount), “Jersey Girls” (Miramax), and most prominently in “Prime” (Universal), a romantic comedy about a young New York painter starring Uma Thurman and Meryl Streep.