James Okore is an interdisciplinary fine artist at OCAD. Much of his work explores the human figure, and we are featuring several of his amazing paintings.
This was a piece I did back in college. The idea behind this piece evolved on it’s own, and illustrates the notion of women and the idea of “fitting in” to a societal perception. This notion of the “idealized” figure, along with the connotations that comes with it. It’s interesting how intentionally in this piece the mistakes (imperfections) are left in the painting – to somehow illustrate how we aren’t “perfect”, we are different and unique beings, and can only be ourselves. Approx. 24″ x 40″ Mixed Media – Newspaper Clippings, Oils on Canvas. 2011.
This was a piece I initially did many years ago back in the beginning of starting at OCAD U. When I originally painted it, I was able to capture some aspects of myself (but I didn’t feel I stayed true to who I truly was). I took it upon myself to revisit this painting this Summer, and wanted to emulate the paintings of the Old Masters (doing self portraits of themselves next to their easel and materials). The idea was to make this modernized and contemporary. Approx. 24″ x 30″ Acrylics on Canvas. 2018.
This was a painting I did for a class during my fourth year at OCAD U. With this piece I wanted to play with complimentary colours, and this worked out so well because the model was draped with orange as a blue ray of light goes past her figure. Approx. 24″ x 36″ Acrylics on Canvas. 2018.
This piece I did for a class (during the end of my first year of OCADU). The idea behind this piece was to depict an unknown foggy atmosphere, and myself getting lost in this environment. The overall objective was to convey how I felt during this point in my life with family and school – confusion and uncertainty. Approx. 30″ x 30″ Acrylics on Canvas. 2015.
This piece is very meaningful to me as it was something that I ended up doing over the Summer (during a very difficult time in my life). This was a piece that had me question my life, my purpose in life, and had me take a step back to see things from a greater spectrum. For me personally there’s this notion that things in life are like a puzzle (so trying to make sense of things, and why things are the way that they are – leading to a lot of confusion and uncertainty). But at the end of the day, that’s life. Approx 16″ x 20″ Acrylics on Canvas. 2018.
This was a piece I did back in college. The idea behind it was to have fun bridging together two different styles. The way I would look at this is that the world isn’t as it seems – Sure one could say that we live in a paradigm of reality (with things like philosophy, religion, governments, and sciences governing to some extent the way one might see the world). At the same time, there are things in the world that are “abstracted” – Trying to make sense of things in the world…why things are the way they are? Approx. 14″ x 18″ Oils on Canvas. 2009.