One of the benefits of belonging to various networking websites is that you come across individuals that probably wouldn’t cross your path otherwise. Such was the case when I discovered the art of Timothy Orikri while perusing a forum in a LinkedIn art group.
Orikri was born in southern Nigeria and came to the U.S. in 1995. He settled first in St. Louis and then Michigan. Working in a variety of mediums including watercolour, acrylic, oils, and often utilising found objects, Orikri’s paintings are packed with vibrant colours with strong forms and lines. His paintings exude a peaceful and positive energy that draw you in and then keep you there to explore the finer details.
The son of a Baptist minister, his father wanted him to follow in his footsteps. Orikri chose instead to “preach with his brush”, dedicating much of his time to volunteering, community outreach projects, and mentoring young aspiring artists. His goal is to teach and inspire understanding, hope, and possibility.
From 2004-2006, Orikri collaborated with over 100 children of different races, religions, and abilities in the production of a multimedia mural entitled, “Pyramid of Peace.” By bringing together children of diverse backgrounds, he wanted to break the divisive stereotypes children often learn, encouraging instead their unique talents that they can each use to make their community and the world a better place.
Orikri’s current project, “Compassion Through Art & Life”, is a collaborative project that allows participants an opportunity to portray their desire for peace and the need for compassion. Completed works will be donated to various veterans’ hospitals.
To learn more about Timothy Orikri’s inspiring work and community service, visit his website at TimothyOrikri.com.