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Tim Okamura

Poster Art

Tim Okamura is the artist behind the Brownsville Bred poster. Okamura's work investigates identity, the urban environment, metaphor and cultural iconography through painting. He is a recipient of the 2004 Fellowship in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and was short-listed by the Royal Surveyor of the Queen's Picture Collection for a commissioned portrait of the Queen of England in 2006 and has been selected nine times to appear in the prestigious BP Portrait Award Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Okamura's work is featured on the cover of TIME and Washington Post magazines. He was featured at the Art Director's Club in New York and had a solo show at National Arts Club alongside the works of Romare Bearden in 2014. In 2015, the White House garnered him with invitation and commendation, in honor of artists whose work addresses issues of social justice. His work was included in a traveling exhibition by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in 2016 and most recently several of Okamura's works were featured prominently in the "Still I Rise" exhibition at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in 2020. Tim Okamura has exhibited extensively in galleries throughout the world, including the United States, Canada, Italy, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Ecuador and Turkey and is part of both private and public collections, such as the permanent collections of the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, the Jiménez Colón Museum, The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at the University of North Carolina, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Toronto Congress Center and Standard Chartered Bank in London.


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