MoonTree Studios & Gallery invites you to experience the vibrant paintings of Timothy UfuomaEfe Orikri at the opening reception for Introspections: My Creation Story on Saturday, June 11; 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT . Meet this multi-talented artist at the reception, and experience his joie de vivre.
Orikri is a freelance artist whose style varies from semi-realism to abstract paintings, to hand-painted ceramics and music. Although currently residing in Michigan, he was born the son of a Baptist minister in the Delta State, southern Nigeria. It’s not surprising that this early upbringing has been influential on his perception of the world. His artistic desires – much like the messages given by his father from the pulpit – come in themes of hope, harmony, and the gift of nature. His sincere lifelong desire is to use a wide spectrum of vibrant colors and mixed mediums to create a secure world in which humanity is restored to God’s intended pure state for man at the dawn of creation.
Orikri graduated from Delta State University Abraka in southern Nigeria with a B.A. in Fine Art. His continually evolving artwork is a marriage of African, European, and American influences with which he skillfully bridges the gap between the ancient and modern – never forgetting his roots. He attributes this training in mainstream Euro-American art production techniques to the course he’s followed in expressing his art ideas.
Since arriving in the United States in 1995, Orikri’s work has been exhibited in several prominent museums, colleges, churches, and public buildings. As a feature artist for the St. Louis Science Center’s traveling exhibit entitled “AFRICA: One Continent, Many Worlds”, Orikri created a one-of-a-kind multi-media mural measuring 7 feet x 24 feet portraying an African village scene.
His desire is that every piece created will portray qualities that will enlighten, deepen, and ultimately enrich the human race. In his own words, “As an artist, I am constantly searching for diverse formats in order to create imaginative, thought-provoking pieces. This search has enabled me to create unique artworks relevant to traditional and modern trends.
The paintings of this artist truly belong to one of the best of recent Africa paintings; he has something profound to express and contributes significantly to the growth, relevance and visibility of contemporary world art, as well as enriches society by his “making a difference through art programs.” Timothy Orikri’s art is expressive – drawing you in to look, linger, and absorb what you see and feel.
MoonTree Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. It is also open Saturdays from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Please call in advance for an appointment at times other than these. Closing day for Introspections: My Creation Story will be July 16, 2016