Wednesday, December 21, 2011

New Painting, "15 Step"

"15 Step" oil and acrylic on paper, 48x48 inches.


I completed it this month. Thank you Grace for posing!



Tuesday, October 25, 2011

More Fros


"Grace" photograph by Dawn Okoro, 2011

I had a fun photoshoot with Grace recently. She came by and I shot some images of her in a couple of outfits and wigs. I am now working on a 4 foot tall portrait on paper using those new images as reference. I hope to be finished with it in about 2 weeks.

The photo above came from the shoot, but will not be used for the painting.

Grace also posed for the painting below, "Fearless" back in 2009.


"Fearless" oil and acrylic on canvas, 2009

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I'm still here. . .

When it comes to my art, I'm definitely having moments when I ask myself, "why do I do this?" and "could I live without it?"

Earlier in the summer I focused on finding a venue to show my "Selfsploitation" series. While I'm still working on that, I am also starting to create the next set of paintings.

I am working a 9 to 5 behind the scenes in television. Its a cool job, but as you may know its not easy to squeeze in time and energy to make art when you're tired from your day job. I am trying to make the best use of my time as possible.

Right now there is 4 foot hand being painted in the studio. Hopefully I will be posting new work here as the year ends. I am trying to have more fun with it, going with my gut, and simply painting what's inside my head.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Thrive


I have come to a point where I want to actively search for a venue for my new work. This could mean sending out literally hundreds of proposals. I have decided to thrive on the inevitable rejection. Each rejection is valuable to me. It can take hundreds of NOs to get one YES. Its all a numbers game.

The above painting is "Girl in Purple Bikini" oil and acrylic on paper, 48x48 inches. Its part of my Selfsploitation project.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

New Painting


"Union Square Wallpaper" oil and acrylic on paper, 36.25x48 inches

This painting is part of my "Selfsploitation" project. To see more works from the project click here.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Resign?


"Resign?" acrylic on paper, 24x13.75in

Above is a painting of Rep. Anthony Weiner's infamous bulge photo that opened the scandal. See my interview on FOX 7 explaining why I painted it.

For more information about my art visit www.dawnokoro.com.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

New Drawing


This drawing is part of my "Selfsploitation" project. To see more works from the project click here.

Friday, June 10, 2011

"Selfsploitation" on FOX 7 News

I recently spoke to FOX 7 about my "Selfsploitation" project and the Anthony Weiner scandal: www.youtube.com/watch?v=elIi1HejNSM.

Friday, June 03, 2011

New Drawing, "Chola in San Antonio"



Chola in San Antonio, color pencil and watercolor on paper, 8x8 inches

I grew up in Texas, but some of the phenomena that I saw before, I now see with new eyes.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Demanding the Most

For those days when I don't feel motivated to paint, draw, or even move forward with an art project, this quote drives me:

It is never easy to demand the most from ourselves, from our lives, from our work. . .But giving in to the fear of feeling and working to capacity is  luxury only the unintentional can afford, and the unintentional are those who do not wish to guide their own destinies.

--Audre Lorde (from her essay, "Uses of the Erotic as Power").

Friday, May 06, 2011

New Painting "Two Sashas"


Two Sashas, oil and acrylic on paper, 48x48in.

This is part of my Selfsploitation project.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Video Interview with TheArtTrade.com

Check out this video of me discussing my work: http://vimeo.com/21739727.
Via thearttrade.com.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

New Painting 3/30/2011


Girl in Lace, oil and acrylic on paper, 48x48in.

For my Selfsploitation project, the works are divided into two categories:

Fantasies
Realities and Consequence

The painting above is part of the fantasy side.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Making New Paintings + Media


[camera person shooting the work in my studio]

It was this past February that I realized I haven't painted in a year. I'd been making art during that time-- small drawings, which I enjoy, but no oil or acrylic on canvas.

I love New York, however, I am now in Austin as I work on my current project. Here in Texas you get a lot more bang for your buck in terms of space. I do look forward to returning to New York and living there on a more permanent basis.

As my "Selfsploitation" project evolves, the next logical step is for me to create a series of related paintings. I have three oil and acrylic pieces in progress as I type this. These are larger than any paintings I have made so far. I am also experimenting with different materials. I used to get most of my art supplies from the art store, but now the hardware store has become my new friend. I am able to get custom colors mixed there and the paint is a lot more affordable than at the art store.

There have been a couple of camera crews at my studio here in Austin this week. Soon there will be videos out there with me explaining my work and process. I will be sure to post those when they become available!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Feature in "Drawing Magazine"








My art is featured in the current issue of "Drawing Magazine" which should be on newsstands now. There is a write up and drawings from my "Selfsploitation" project on page 20. Check out the scan above. The cover art is by Ian Ingram who has some awesome work in the issue.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Don't wait for inspiration. . .

Sometimes I feel less motivated when I don't think I have a very exciting project to work on. This quote is useful:

"The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that's almost never the case."
-Chuck Close

Friday, January 28, 2011

"Woman in Igbo Print Dress 2"


"Woman in Igbo Print Dress 2," colored pencil, ink, and watercolor on paper, 8x8 inches.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

New Drawing, "Woman in Igbo Print Dress"


I've just completed a set of drawings that will be on view at NYU in a few days. This drawing is called "Woman in Igbo Print Dress." The pattern on the dress is inspired by Ukara cloth. This kind of cloth incorporates symbols that are designed to give it meaning and power.

The title of the show is "Rooted Expressions." Although I have roots in Nigeria, I have never been there and I want to explore that side of my ancestry. However, I feel that I am learning about Nigeria while naturally using America as my point of reference.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Prints and the gold look. . .




Some of my paintings involve a metallic gold paint and it can be difficult to turn these into prints because I would like the gold to look a certain way. As a solution, I have decided to hand paint the gold portions on the prints and its turning out really nice. "Turned Away" and "Diamonds in the Back" are now available at my print website http://www.dawnokoro.com/prints.html.