Timothy UfuomaEfe Orikri is a freelance artist whose style varies from semi-realism to abstract paintings, 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.
Timothy graduated from Delta State University Abraka in southern Nigeria with a B.A. (Ed) in Fine Art. His continually evolving artwork is a marrying of African, European, and American influences 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 widely exhibited in several prominent museums, colleges, churches, and public buildings.
His desire is that every piece created will portray the qualities that will enlighten, deepen, and ultimately enrich the human race for all to be enjoyed. In his own words, “As an artist, I am constantly searching for diverse format 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.
The Timothy Orikri Exhibit is on display at Studio 180 Salon and also at Graceful Expressions Dance (two studios!) at Chocolate Smiles Village in downtown Cary to September 2016. The first artist’s reception is Friday, July 29th from 6-9 pm. For the July Final Friday event, Timothy will be teaching two FREE art classes, one for the kids and another for adults. Donations to cover art supply costs can be made at caryartloop.org