Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Toyin Odutola


Today, I came across the artwork of Toyin Odutola and I really enjoyed what I saw. You can check it out at www.toyino.com.

Visiting a Painting and Completing the Process



Its rare that I have the opportunity to visit a collector's home and see how they have my paintings displayed.

A few years ago, the family of the late Dave Brown (former NFL player and coach for the Seahawks) commissioned me to paint portrait of their family. This month, I was in town for the holidays was able to stop by their home. I was elated to see how lovely the work was displayed.

For me, knowing that a piece of art is in the home of someone that truly loves it completes process.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Dawn Okoro Limited Edition Prints




I'd like to remind everyone that I have limited edition prints available. I am offering signed and numbered giclee prints on watercolor paper. Check them out here: Dawn Okoro Prints

Also, if you are like goodies that reflect the beauty of the afro check out the Afrobella holiday gift guide.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Watch Me Grow



My website has been updated to show several more more of the paintings that I have done over the years. The work is in reverse chronological order starting at 2009 and going back to 2004. Have a look at www.dawnokoro.com.

The painting above is a self portrait called "Blood" that I did in 2006.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Dawn Okoro Art Talk at Notre Dame

I have have been invited to be a guest speaker at The University of Notre Dame; the talk will take place on February 10, 2010. I will be speaking about perceptions of black women and the new project I am working on that relates to that topic. I will also conduct a workshop on that subject. Patrice Yursik, creator of Afrobella.com will be speaking on that topic as well.

I hope to conduct the workshop here in New York City sometime in January as a test run. I will post more details as they develop.

www.dawnokoro.com

Saturday, November 28, 2009

New Painting "Get Up"


I just finished a painting called "Get Up." It is acrylic on canvas, 9x12 inches.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Postmodern Bambi: Paparazzi vs. Suri Cruise



Last Sunday was a fairly decent autumn day here in New York City, sunny with a light breeze. I found myself enjoying my ipod while taking a stroll through Soho. All of a sudden I am walking down Broome Street approaching Broadway when I see a circle of photographers gathered around the corner in front of a clothing store. I paused my ipod and upon further inspection realized it was paparazzi surrounding someone coming out of a black SUV.

"What's going on?" I wondered, "Who are they shooting?"

I saw a 30ish brunette in jeans walking away from the SUV and into the store. She was holding a toddler. Lights popped, blue-white flashes everywhere. I re-adjusted my eyes to try to figure out who this woman was. I studied her face for a few seconds and then in my head I asked, "is that. . .Katie Holmes?"

The moment Katie entered the store, men with heavy cameras clamored towards the windows like flies to shit. They were intent on getting a clear shot of her shopping.



"Look there she is!" Click! Click! "She's over here!" Click!

Then she went up to the second floor, away from the window view. Fans, tourists, and curious onlookers joined the crowd.

"Whats going on?"
"Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise."
"Whos's in there?"
"Is there a movie star in there?"
"Who is it?"
"Oh. Its just the girl from 'Dawson's Creek'."
"La esposa de Tom Cruise!"

I decided to stick around so that I could document this moment myself. During the down time, the paps joked around and even snapped pictures of each other. They took pictures of buildings and even interesting people covered in tattoos as they walked by the store.

An onlooker with a mullett asked, "So are you gonna follow them around all day?"

One of the paps, a tall caramel colored black man, with a skull cap answered, "Yes ma'am, thats where the moneys at."

Then the mullet asked, "So whose picture is worth more? Katie Holmes or the little girl?"

The pap responded, "If Katie Holmes came out here by herself, and if Suri came out here by herself, the picture of Suri Cruise would be worth waaay more than a picture of Katie Holmes by herself."

As the mullet pondered that thought, surprised shoppers coming out of the store giggled at the wall of paparazzi planted in front of the store's entrance.



After several minutes of waiting. A short guy with olive skin and black curly hair came outside and said "Everything is gonna be ok as long as you clear out this passage and stand BEYOND the car." Everybody stepped back.

Paps pointed their cameras toward the store entrance and got in position.



Pros and amateurs peppered this woman and child with flashes. This woman and child, who looked like people that I might see on the F train in Brooklyn.



They were whisked into the black SUV and driven off to some other destination.

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Women Behind the Paintings




For the past few weeks, my workspace has become somewhat a revolving door, with models coming in and sitting for my current project.

I remember the first time that I decided to have someone pose for me. I bought clothes, wigs, and props, then brought over a makeup artist and photographer. I directed the photographer and the model throughout the shoot in order to create the look I wanted.

In the above photo, I directed a shoot in my studio when I was in Houston. It was wonderful to work with Kendra as a model because she posed so naturally. In this particular shot, she did something with her eyes that made me love the photo.

For my current project, I am behind the camera myself. I am photographing the models with their own clothes and minimal makeup. Some of these photos are more provocative to me, so I am breaking through some social taboos for myself as I create these images.

Sometimes the women who pose for my artwork are friends. Other times they are models that I am referred to by a photographer. Usually, the models come and pose for me that one day and I never see them again. They are working models, artists, students, waitresses, professionals and more. Above all, the models are women who are gracious enough take the time out of their day to pose for me and become a part of this process.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Life in New York as an Artist = Existing on an Island?



I always knew that I wanted to be an artist. However, out of fear, I put it off for many years. Now I have gotten to the point where I just really want to get the ball rolling-- all or nothing. This is one of the main reasons that I moved to New York, because I wanted to be in faster pace, more results oriented environment.

In the beginning, I was slightly alarmed when I faced the reality of hardly knowing anyone here in the city. What now? What next? There is no artists' instruction manual.

Fortunately, things are looking better on that end. I attended William Cordova's opening a few weeks ago, and it was nice to see some familiar faces.

One of those familiar faces was Derrick Adams. Derrick, an artist himself, was also the gallery director at Rush Arts for several years. He is a mover and a shaker, and such a wonderful resource to artists here in New York.

It was also great to reconnect with Rose Ojo, an art writer, who I originally met in Houston.



And of course, it was nice catching up with William and seeing his work.

This weekend, I am headed up to Harlem to the RFA Gallery. They are holding a closing reception for Jack H. White, November 20th, from 6-9pm, 2075 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Value of a Conversation: Kenya Robinson


Its amazing how a conversation with another artist can incite so many new ways of thinking. Today this happened when I visited Kenya Robinson's studio.

Her work is influenced by adornment rituals, and her pieces are composed of mass consumer products. She is currently a resident at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and blogs about her experience here: kenyaworkspace.blogspot.com



Check out her live performance piece with Rashaad Newsome, "Universal Access" at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, November 12th at 4:30 pm, 540 W 21st St. New York, NY 10011.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Michael Shane's Photography



If you like my paintings, then you will enjoy Michael Shane's photography. Check out these gorgeous photographs from a series he's working on. He also has prints for sale: www.michaelshanephotography.com/prints.html.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Limited Edition Prints Available

I now have limited edition prints available. There will be no more than 15 of these prints for each set. These are giclee prints, printed with a fine spray of pigmented ink on archival watercolor paper. Each print is signed and numbered. Check it out at: http://www.dawnokoro.com/prints.html

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

"Everybody does it. . .right??"

I need to share this link because it relates to the art project that I am working on, see this post. The technology of computers and cell phones has provided a new way to express ourselves, sometimes in the buff. Between adults I am not saying that this conduct is right or wrong. However it has become so common place that some people actually think that everyone does it.

Watch the video for this news story about a girl whose "friend" exposed nude photos of her on Facebook: Facebook Fallout

Saturday, October 10, 2009

"Moxie" T-shirt




I have decided to do another batch of tshirts. This one is based on my painting called "Moxie." The shirt is $30 plus S&H, they're available at: http://www.dawnokoro.com/tshirts.html.

Monday, September 28, 2009

The beginning stages

This process of getting feedback from others before beginning a new project and is new for me but it is vital to these pieces.

My goal this week is to sit down and write about it in essay form. This should help me narrow my focus. Then I will begin working on the actual physical work. This involves some carpentry, which is also new to me. I also want to document this process some how. . .

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Project: Carnal Knowledge

I am working on a project that explores the behavior of teens who transmit sexually explicit photos via cell phones and the internet. I would like to get some feedback from the public. Please answer by clicking "Comments" below. You may answer anonymously.

Disclaimer: By responding you are granting me permission to use your response as part of the text for an art work.


1. Do you send sexually explicit photos or texts with your cell phone?
If so, why?

2. Do you post sexually explicit photos in a social media profile (Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, etc)?
If so, why?

3. Are you a model?
If so, how have you used social media to help you further your career?

4. What is your opinion on the recent leaked nude cell phone photos of celebrities such a Cassie, Rihanna, and Vanessa Hudgens?

4a. These photos seem to go "viral," why do so many people choose to look at them?

4b. What do you think of the negative comments toward these celebrities on blogs and message boards following the leaks of nude cell phone photos?

5. Do you think that teens who send nude pictures of themselves to their friends via cell phones should be convicted as sex offenders?

6. Do you feel that the "sexting" panic is overblown? (Sexting is the act of transmitting sexually explicit photos or texts via cell phone).

Thank you for participating!

The Tee



This is a picture of me in one the the "Unconscionability" tees. I shipped out my tshirt orders this weekend. It was a really fun project and I'd definitely like to print some more in the future!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

T-shirts based on my art. . .




I am doing a small run of t-shirts based on my painting "Unconscionability." I am taking pre-orders until September 1, 2009 (this Tuesday). Click here for more info.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Style on Canvas

Style on Canvas

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Living in NYC (a month later)

So I've been living in NYC for about a month now. I am enjoying it a lot so far. I'm meeting lots of new people. . gaining lots of new inspiration. I miss Tex-Mex food, but the West Indian food here makes up for it!

Monday, August 03, 2009

New York


I've just relocated to New York. It was a very long drive from Texas, but I am looking forward to setting my studio up here. The painting above is called "Fearless." It will be on exhibit at my solo show at Three Peas Art in Chicago this month. The opening reception is this Friday.

Monday, June 29, 2009

"Flattered"


Flattered, oil and acrylic on canvas, 24x24 inches. On exhibit at Three Peas, in Chicago, August 2009.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Getting ready for the August show. . .

I have been painting almost everyday in preparation for the August show. Here is one of my newest:


Breathe Easy
, oil and acrylic on canvas, 24x24 inches

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The other half of the job. . .

Today I am not working the art as much and focusing on the administrative stuff. During these times I have to play the role of secretary, accountant, lawyer, and PR person. Not as fun as painting, but it has to be done.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

"Art in America" Reviews Texas Biennial

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In this month's Art in America, the Texas Biennial got a review in which writer Frances Colpitt applauded curator Michael Duncan for "championing sincere, underrecognized artists." This recognition is great for the Texas Biennial as an organization, and for the artists involved now and in the future. See the full page review here.

Texas Biennial 2009

Monday, June 01, 2009

E-Magazines

Gone are the days when hard copy publications reigned; e-magazines are the way of the future. The best of these magazines target a niche audience and are updated often.

"CLUTCH" is a weekly magazine that is focused on fashion, beauty, life and culture. The magazine is geared toward the urban female. “CLUTCH is not only fly, it is authentic and uniquely relevant to its community. It is the digital destination for the smart, stylish and a sexy urban female. CLUTCH gets it and CLUTCH is sure to get you on the very first click.” — Michaela angela Davis

In addition to the weekly magazine, CLUTCH also has a blog network. They wrote a blurb about my artwork on their home and decor blog "PAD" here.

Another online publication SheBreathes includes content about fashion and culture. It also has a related blog Love + Dreams which is "a virtual vault of inspiring and beautiful goodies." Read their write up about my paintings here.

Working on new pieces. . .

I had a really fun photo shoot last week where I photographed a model for my upcoming work. Now I am working on new paintings that are a result of those photos. These paintings will be on exhibit later this summer.

Monday, May 04, 2009

People I've Met in Houston Who've Influenced Me - Abidemi Olowonira

I was at a recent opening at the University Museum when a guy and a girl walk up to me. The guy introduces himself as Abidemi Olowonira. He then introduced his sister to me -- Christine. She is a fashionista, and I insisted that she should pose for one of my paintings.

A few days later, Abidemi invited me along with Regina Agu to visit his studio to discuss an art project that we'd be collaborating on. Entering his studio, I was amazed at how prolific he was. The studio was packed from floor to ceiling with various paintings. I was most interested in his style of painting which involved applying sand and rocks to a wooden surface and then painting on that. This creates a more organic look.

What I admire most about Abidemi is his optimism, persistence, and work ethic.

Friday, May 01, 2009

People I've Met in Houston Who've Influenced Me - Michael Page

The other day, I had a wonderful conversation with a Houston collector and dealer, Michael Page. He provided some insight into the culture of art collecting.

One of the biggest concerns that emerging artists face is how to price their work. For example, pricing too low might give the impression that the work is not valued; pricing too high might price the artist out of the market. Michael explained that "if a collector has connected with the work and really wants it, he or she will do whatever it takes to buy that work-- regardless of price."

I take that to mean that an emerging artist should price his work at an amount that he is comfortable with-- taking into consideration cost of materials and compensation for his time. Once an artist has decided on a price range he is comfortable with, he needs to go find that audience that is willing and able to buy within that price range.

I am also excited about beginning to collect art myself. As a student, I did not have any disposable income to allow me to buy art, but I hope to start building a collection over the coming years.

Michael is a very avid art collector in Houston. I asked him what makes him so passionate about collecting and enjoying art. I was very astounded to learn that his passion for art collecting began when he met John Biggers. John showed Michael his own large collection at his Houston home, and explained why art collecting was important to him. From then on, Michael became a collector and dealer of John Biggers works, as well as many other prominent artists and emerging artists.

I asked Michael what drives him to purchase a particular piece of artwork. He said that first of all, it was important that the art touched him in some way. This is something that he could realize instantly. Whether or not the artwork is economically valuable in the art world is only a bonus, he said. He also said of course, that it doesn't hurt to have a good eye for which artists are going to be hot in a few years. He told me about one of his friends who bought a Wangechi Mutu for "a very nominal amount" several years ago. That collector was able to turn around and sell the same work for over $60,000 recently.

Michael Page is featured in the book, Houston Collects : African American Art, by Dr. Alvia Wardlaw, available at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Solo Show, Three Peas, Chicago

I have a solo show coming up on August 7, 2009 at Three Peas Art Lounge in Chicago. The show will run through the month of August. More information as we get closer to that date.


www.dawnokoro.com

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

People I've Met in Houston Who've Influenced Me - Regina Agu

Regina Agu is a Houston based artist that I met at a Project Row Houses event. We chatted it up for a bit and discovered that we have many similarities. For example, we both have one Nigerian parent. We both shared some of our experiences as emerging artists.

Regina paints and draws; her work is a mixture of figurative and abstract. The work contains warm, rich colors and her figures are bold-- yet translucent.

I appreciate Regina's resourcefulness, and positive energy. When I need a boost for the day, I sometimes look to her inspirational Twitter posts. She and Lovie Olivia actually have a two woman show coming up in a few days. Its called "Sorting Her Beans," May 8, 2009; at Catalina, 2201 Washington, Houston, TX.

Regina Agu's work can be found at:

www.reginaagu.com
and
Follow her on Twitter at: twitter.com/supernova_star

People I've Met in Houston Who've Influenced Me - Robert Pruitt

The year is 2005, I am living in Austin; I decide to stop by Arthouse to view the "Texas Prize" finalists exhibit. Some of the works that burned a hole in my mind were a tennis shoe covered in colorful bubble gum and a table in a dimly lit room displaying pieces of tightly coiled hair and incense ( a shrine to dead rappers).

Fast forward three years later -- and I am in the company of the Texas Prize winner for the exhibit mentioned above. I was introduced to Robert by William (see this blog post). I first chatted with Robert at a sculpture unveiling for Project Row Houses.

I expressed concerns about getting my work "out there." He said what worked for him was to show in institutions that are welcoming of emerging artists in the community. He said that those shows set up the momentum, and other opportunities came pouring in for him, one after another from that point.

From time to time, I bug Robert with my with art career related questions. He is always kind and patient and responds no matter how silly the question. He also made me aware of several programs in Houston, including the Museum of Fine Arts Five-A Program. His advice and positive attitude are much appreciated by me and the countless other artists that he has inspired.

Robert Pruitt's work can be viewed at:

www.clementine-gallery.com

www.marygoldman.com
www.whitney.org

People I've Met in Houston Who've Influenced Me - William Cordova

I am down to my final days living Houston. After graduation, I will be in Austin for a few weeks, tying up some loose ends. . . then off to Brooklyn.

I have lived in Houston for almost 3 years now. Its a shame that I didn't become aware of what the local art scene had to offer until a year ago. However, the people I have met and the lessons I have learned will carry on with me wherever I go.

My chain of epiphany started when I met an artist named William Cordova. He is doing the things that I'd like to do when I grow up.

Up until that point, I was showing my art work as much as I thought I could, but I felt that I was impeded from participating in certain programs because -- quite frankly, I didn't think I had the credentials. William took the time to share some advice with me. He made me aware of so many programs and people that it would be helpful to know.

Then I interrupted him, "but William I don't think they would consider someone like me because I don't have x, y, and z. . ."

He said, "x, y, and z credentials do open doors, but they do not guarantee an artist's success." He added, "friends of mine that have become successful got there because they worked their asses off."

That conversation is one of the keys that unlocked my mind to a world of possibilities.

William Cordova's work can be viewed at:

www.arndt-partner.de look under "artists"
or you can go to
www.icaboston.org
and lastly
http://whitney.org

I will share more people who have influenced me in Houston later this week.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

So Live! Arts - Brooklyn, NY

Come see some of my work at this show!



MAKE ART YOUR BUSINESS WITHOUT SELLING OUT

Keep it professional and positive. Network. Learn best practices from professionals in the arts.

When: Sunday, April 26 2009
Time: 6:00 PM

Where Pratt Brooklyn

Where: NoName Cafe in Willoughby Hall

Add: 215 Willoughby Ave. b/w Classon Ave. and Hall St.

How: G train or B38 bus to Clinton-Washington

Absolutely No Charge

Combination of video screening, art show, and musical performance and more.

Please come out and support the show, Art Students, Greater Art Community, and So Live! Arts.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Photo of my studio today. . .

Currently, I am working on a larger project intended for a museum in Los Angeles. I will share more information on that show when details are confirmed. What you are seeing in the picture below is two paintings in progress. They are both almost finished. I am going to layer over the paintings a few more times, focusing on the details and and solid, clean backgrounds.


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These are two paintings in a series of nine; both are oil on canvas. Each piece is 2ft x 2ft. The paintings are related, however, the narrative will become more clear to the viewer when the other seven pieces are completed and all of them are viewed together.


www.dawnokoro.com

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

NYC Gallery Owner Charged in $88M Theft. . .

. . .and Tennis star John McEnroe helped catch him!

"A former art-dealer to the stars was indicted for a massive fraud scheme Thursday with the help of tennis great John McEnroe, who was allegedly scammed out of $2 million.

Bankrupt gallery owner Lawrence Salander was once a respected figure in the New York art world, peddling Renaissance treasures from an East Side townhouse."

See full article here: NY Daily News

Monday, March 30, 2009

Twitter

Ok, so I finally joined Twitter, my username is dawnokoro. If you have an account and enjoy my artwork, I invite you to follow me!

SXSW 2009

I did not purchase a badge, so I decided to make the most of the free events that did not require a badge this year. There was surprisingly quite a lot to do, even without a badge. In fact there were so many free musical events, that I could not have attended them all, even if I had tried.

Party at Malverde

One of the acts that I really wanted to see was J*Davey. They were scheduled to perform at a location that required a badge, but like many music acts, they were also set to perform at a free venue that only required RSVP. One of those shows was on Friday night March 20th at Malverde, on 2nd street in Austin. The Malverde show was to include, J*Davey, Raekwon, The Cool Kids and many, many others.

Malverde was MUCH too small for the amount of people that attended. It was a very nice lounge and would have been great for a much smaller, more intimate kind of setting. Also, there were too many acts scheduled to perform in such a short amount of time. The show started very behind schedule, and by the end of the night, the headliners only got a chance to perform 2-3 songs each.

I am not sure why, but J*Davey did not perform. I was disappointed, but all in all, it was something to do, and hey-- at least it was free!



The Cool Kids at Malverde


Raekwon at Malverde

Levis FADER Fort Party


The Kanye show at the Levis FADER Fort party was a lot of fun. I got there about an hour before the show as to start and BAM! I already needed to go to the bathroom. After an hour waiting in line, I finally got to use the port-a-potty; the show started soon afterward.

I was expecting the show to be pretty much all Kanye, similar to the VH1 Storytellers that he did recently. The SXSW show was actually more relaxed than that-- more like a jam session, which is great. The show included Kid Cudi, Farnzworth Bently, and special guest appearances by Common and Erykah Badu.


Kanye West


Erykah Badu


Common

I would like to know the back story or inspiration behind Kanye's female backup singer's winged outfit. I first noticed the wings during Kanye's VH1 Storytellers and American Idol. In person, the backup singer appeared to have on a black catsuit, with a black corset around the waist. The corset had leather buckles in the back. The wings appeared to be hooked to the corset in some way. The backup singer fully embraced the space-age bat look, pairing it with robotic dance moves.


Kanye's Backup Singer

Kanye's girlfriend Amber Rose was there as well. This video model (Ludacris video "What Them Girls Like") has been garnering a lot of attention on the gossip blogs lately. Maybe its the ultra short haircut, and ever so carefully styled outfits.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Moving to New York

I haven't found a place that can move me the way that New York City does. Just walking around outside in the city, I am overwhelmed with inspiration. Aside from that, I will be able to take advantage of the many opportunities the city presents.

Thankfully, I have a place to stay and a plan for how I will make income. Aside from my art sales and commissions, I plan to do some freelance legal work. Although I am willing to do the freelance legal work, I'd rather do something a bit more fun and art related, so if you know of anything available for someone like me, shoot me an email!

Over the past three years, I have been in talks with a gallery in New York, but as soon as I began talking with them, I went to law school. Being in law school has really prevented me from focusing on my art work much; thus I was unable to produce enough works at one time to have a solo show at that space. Now that I will be done with school, I hope to make my New York solo debut in a few months.

I am searching for a studio space in New York as well, so if any of you have any leads to something that is cool and affordable please email me about that!

Friday, March 06, 2009

Austin Chronicle

I was mentioned in this week's Austin Chronicle in Andrew Long's interview with Michael Duncan (editor for Art in America) about the Texas Biennial:

"This year, Michael Duncan, an independent curator and corresponding editor for Art in America as well as a frequent contributor to Artforum, selected the art. The Chronicle spoke with Duncan from Los Angeles to find out about his curatorial process. . .

AC: Were there any recurring themes?

MD: Oh, yes! Artists positioning themselves against the world, such as Terri Thomas' outrageous paintings of herself nude with a gigantic glittered peacock or Dawn Okoro painting herself into billboard-sized postcards. . ."

For the full article, visit: http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Issue/story?oid=oid:751476

The Texas Biennial 2009 opens today!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Okoro's Art in Oxford American Magazine

My work will be in the upcoming issue of Oxford American Magazine, which will hit newsstands this month:




"R A C E : The Past, Present, and Future

A poll conducted by the website The Loop 21 and UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc., and released on Feb. 19, 2009, shows that 92% of American journalists of color believe that, even in the Obama era, 'mainstream media are not effectively covering race relations.'

On the heels of this report, and almost as a challenge to it, The Oxford American boldly releases a special issue devoted to the “Past, Present, and Future” of Race in what may be among the first white-run, mainstream publications to be written by a vast majority (in this case, 88%) of writers of color.

. . . But in truth there is freedom and whether that truth can be found in commentary, fiction, personal history, art, or poetry, the contributors in this issue—ZZ Packer, Arthur Rickydoc Flowers, Juan Williams, Julian Bond, Sarah M. Broom, Jerald Walker, Randa Jarrar, Solon Timothy Woodward, Lolis Eric Elie, Rita Dove, and many, many others—all provide meaningful and honest insights."

Cover art by Hank Willis Thomas

More details at http://www.oxfordamerican.org.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

"Frame" painting sold

Wow, I'm excited! This one sold before the paint was dry. "Frame" was sold last week to a collector in Houston, TX. It is currently on view at the University Museum at Texas Southern University through April 1st.



Dawn Okoro - www.dawnokoro.com

Friday, January 23, 2009

Looking for Muses

As you can see, I paint the human figure, especially the female form. Lately I have been creating self portraits, but I'd much rather paint portraits of others.

I am looking for youthful people to paint portraits of and to inspire me. I live in Houston part of the time and Austin part of the time, and will be moving to New York soon, so you'd have to be in one of those places for this to work.

If you are interested in being a part of one of my projects, please shoot contact me.


Dawn Okoro, Animadversion




oil on canvas, 24x24 inches

www.dawnokoro.com

Thursday, January 22, 2009

New Year! New Direction!

Well, its a new year, and I am really excited to be on the verge of a few mile stones and a new direction for my art career. I will graduate from law school in 3 months; after that I plan to focus more on my artwork.

As far as this "new direction" I speak of, I mean that I will focus more on showing in various venues that are well recognized by the art community. This will involve developing various projects or series of works for specific exhibitions.

I have several new shows coming up. I will post information about those once the details are finalized. I am really happy about it. Oh, and I am moving to New York City this year - either this summer or this fall. I am very much looking forward to connecting with my NYC friends once I move there.


Dawn Okoro, Pick Me Up




This is a new piece that I created recently, it is part of a group of paintings that may be in an upcoming show. This painting is oil on canvas, 24x24 inches.