Jigsaw Puzzle: "Talkin' All That Jazz," by Tim Okamura
Tim Okamura's work investigates identity, environment, metaphor, and cultural iconography through a unique blend of realism and mixed media. His juxtaposition of street art and classic academic styles creates a distinct visual language that balances traditional story-telling portraiture with modern contemporary motifs.
- Completed puzzle measures 24 × 24 inches (60.9 × 60.9 cm)
- 1,000 pieces
- Box size is 10 × 8 × 2 inches (25.4 × 20.3 × 5 cm)
- Apostrophe Puzzles is a Black-owned, Woman-led company
Tim OkamuraTim Okamura is a Brooklyn based painter whose work investigates identity, environment, metaphor, and cultural iconography through a unique blend of realism and mixed media. His juxtaposition of street art and classic academic styles creates a distinct visual language that balances the traditional story-telling of portraiture with modern contemporary motifs.
Tim has exhibited extensively in galleries throughout the world, garnering international attention and multiple celebrity collectors. His work has been featured at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., the National Portrait Gallery in London, England, MASS MoCA, and the National Arts Club. In 2006 he was short-listed for a commissioned portrait of the Queen of England.
Born in Edmonton, Canada, he earned a B.F.A. at the Alberta College of Art and Design before moving to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts in 1991. After graduating with an M.F.A. in Illustration as Visual Journalism, he moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he continues to live and work.
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Meet Mandi and Dante
Hello! We are Mandi and Dante, and we founded Apostrophe Puzzles with the knowledge that the work created by artists of color is valuable, desirable, and profitable. We believe that art appreciation and consumerism is not only for the wealthy, and that we can all participate in a culture of accessible patronage.
Puzzles are fantastic tools for mindfulness and self-care - a source of meditative calm in our ever bustling and increasingly hectic world. They allow us to unplug, to return to the simplicity of our childhoods or newly discover a simple and engaging way to pass the time. We hope our puzzles do that. We also hope they encourage you to learn about and support contemporary artists of color, who are some of the leading innovative and creative artistic voices in the world. We hope you’re reminded that investing in communities of color is a necessary step in correcting systems of economic and institutional injustice. We hope they remind you that you are worthy and deserving of great art.
Puzzle imagery has come a long way from kittens and windmills, but even with exciting new companies creating beautiful, modern images there are still very few that feature people of color, either as artists or subjects. The art world has a similar issue with representation - one where artists of color often struggle for space and recognition in an environment often dominated by exclusive gate-keeping practices. Our goal is to offer a more accessible way to learn about and enjoy our artists, and to encourage more people to engage with their work.
In punctuation and grammar, the apostrophe symbol is used to illustrate where there has been an omission (o'er), and to indicate possession or ownership (Bearden’s legacy). Our name draws its inspiration from this usage, fully articulating our deeply-rooted desire to fill the void of diverse representation in the puzzle space, and to exhibit our pride in the creativity and contributions of contemporary artists of color.