- September 20 - October 31, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, September 27th, 2013, 7-9pm.
For his first exhibition in D.C., New York City-based painter Tim Okamura unveils a specially created portrait collection depicting women who were primarily born and raised in the D.C. area. Once referred to as the “Caravaggio of our time," Okamura expertly blends seemingly disparate styles – Baroque, Realism, and Graffiti – to create striking portraits capturing the raw energy of urban culture while evoking the ageless allure of storytelling. Coupling his subject’s dramatic, Baroque lighting with the edgy Graffiti-laden architectural backdrops he infuses each work with a gripping dynamism and masterfully blurs the line between the individual and their environment, with the end effect being the city and citizen becoming one.
The eleven women portrayed in Depicted/Connected have experienced first-hand D.C.’s evolving character from the tumultuous lows and transformational highs – witnessing the city’s battle with crime and poverty, gentrification, the emergence of Go-go music, and the election of our nation’s first African-American president. Okamura describes his experience coming to know D.C. through the stories of these women and unexpectedly the broader connection their narratives revealed: “The women in these paintings are depicted as seen through my self-constructed lens - one that has formed over time through my life-long fascination with the emotionally expressive power of the human face … I have sought to celebrate these women as individuals, connected to their environment, but also to discover through them metaphors for greater aspects of the human condition - connected to all of us.”
And don't miss the Depicted/Connected Artist's Talk with Tim Okamura on Thursday, October 17th at 6:30pm! For more information, click here.
Image: Tim Okamura, Sun Rise on U Street, 2013
Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Friday, 11am-5pm, Saturday, 11am-3pm, and by appointment.
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