Ribbon Rouge Presents: Tim Okamura

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With only three weeks to go until Ribbon rouge, things are starting to heat up behind the scenes.  And this year we are so proud and excited to bring back, for the third year in a row, Tim Okamura!  Tim has been a part of Ribbon Rouge now for three consecutive years, donating his incredible art to help support our cause.  If you’re new to his art, or a returning fan, keep reading to get a glimpse of this amazing artist!

TIM OKAMURA                                                            Biography

Tim Okamura investigates identity, the urban environment, metaphor, and cultural iconography through a unique method of painting – one that combines an essentially ‘realist’ approach to the figure with collage, spray paint and mixed media. The juxtaposition of the rawness and urgency of street art and academic ideals has created a visual language that acknowledges a traditional form of story-telling through portraiture, while infusing the work with resonant contemporary motifs.

Born in Edmonton, Canada, painter Tim Okamura earned a B.F.A. with Distinction at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Canada before moving to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts in 1991. After graduating with an M.F.A. in Illustration as Visual Journalism, Okamura moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he continues to live and work.

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Okamura – a recipient of the 2004 Fellowship in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts – has exhibited extensively in galleries throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has been selected nine times to appear in the prestigious BP Portrait Award Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England.

In 2006, Okamura was short-listed by the Royal Surveyor of the Queen’s Picture Collection for a commissioned portrait of the Queen of England.

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In 2013, the University of North Carolina hosted a retrospective exhibition of Okamura’s work that focused on nearly a decade of production.

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Tim Okamura’s art is on display in the permanent collections of the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Toronto Congress Center, the Hotel Arts in Calgary, Canada, and Standard Chartered Bank in London, England.

Celebrity collectors include Uma Thurman, musicians John Mellencamp, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (The Roots), director Ben Younger, as well as actors Bryan Greenberg, Vanessa Marcil, Hill Harper, Annabella Sciorra, and Ethan Hawke.

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Tim Okamura will be displaying his amazing art on November 28st, 2015 at Ribbon Rouge in Edmonton!   And don’t forget to buy tickets for Ribbon Rouge 2015!  Tickets can be purchased online here.

Ribbon Rouge #8

When: November 28, 2015 Doors open at 6pm; Show at 7pm

Where: ATB Financial Arts Barns

Nine Years and Counting….

It is truly incredible that Ribbon Rouge is here in 2015. It has been 9 years of people from all sorts of walks of life coming together to make this idea a reality. This idea that art can be such a powerful tool in stirring emotion and igniting passions in us all to be better… to do more. And cheesy as it may sound, to remind us that we have a soul…to remind us to be the change we really want in our communities.

It is not a coincidence, that I have chosen to put together our annual installation of art during the 16 days of activism against gender violence from November 25th to December 10th. Gender based violence is a real epidemic in our world, and I believe it should be addressed as such. A public health concern that must be eradicated. To that end, we must shine a spotlight upon it, advocate against it and take action against it. Gender based violence is also an important determinant of the spread of HIV globally. To get to zero HIV, we must eliminate gender inequalities.

We must each spread the idea of an equitable state of being and play our parts.

This year we will have fun as always…lots of fun.

We will enjoy fine art from Ryan Postic, Tim Okamura and me. I have not drawn in 7 years (I can not believe it either, but life gets away from us sometimes), and so understandably, I am nervous about sharing these pieces.{Eeeeek! *laughing*}

We will listen to the very talented Sierra Jamerson’s politi-soul music, lust after our homegrown designer clothing then dance with DJ SQ …then with Mayito Rivera!

Sangea will dance for us and our STEP team will get our juices flowing…Our thoughts will be awakened to words spoken by Nasra Adem, and we will laugh at Rapid Fire Theatre’s improv performance…

This is the beauty of this particular show; it is a display of local artistes, artists, fashion designers, musicians all speaking with different voices the same message to immerse ourselves in the arts, and in so doing, get to Zero HIV. A simple message, that spreading ideas does in fact change the world.

We will have a tonne of fun!

…and in this way, we will be imbued with new ideas, thoughts, knowledge of powerful Queens, serious social justice issues, real resource needs.

Ribbon Rouge is maturing; we’ve gone from an annual student event to a full fledged Foundation with a vision and objectives; now we are at the horizon of becoming a Charity. The vision has always been to get to Zero HIV,  and we have many plans …many dreams. So, stay with us…Join us.

I am so very proud, to invite you to join us for our 8th Installation of Ribbon Rouge, as we walk steadily towards elimination of gender inequalities, closing resource gaps, getting to zero mother to child transmissions and Zero HIV globally.

To Zero,

Morenike Olaosebikan

President, Ribbon Rouge Foundation