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Arthur Okamura, Jerome Kirk

Feingarten Gallery

This exhibition of Okamura’s work represents a departure from his previous more nebulous and floating images. Here he is involved with giving his work a point of view that has more in common, structurally, with traditional painting.

Okamura can best be described as a romantic Surrealist. His work is rich in imaginative design, and his colors glow with inner fire and light. “Garden Head” reminds one of Redon and is painted with a porcelain-like glaze through which the jewel led colors emerge, forming in their midst the head of a woman seen in profile. There are overtones of mysticism in many of the paintings, and the Surrealistic aspect of Okamura’s imagery adds dramatic tension and meaning to his opulent style. He is very much aware of his esthetic range and its limitations, and within its orbit he works with ease. His latest paintings show a noticeable advancement over his earlier work,

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