By Jorge Sanchez
Sunday, 10 February 2008
A “masterpiece” is a work of art that will impact the lives of the people it touches; it will leave a permanent and positive mark in the minds and hearts of those who witness its power. Relevance and responsiveness to present and future values will render a work of art immortal, as it eventually transcends its time and place to become a legacy for future generations. Few artists comprehend these concepts, and even fewer handle them with the success shown in Timothy Orikri’s work.
He is the artist responsible for the vision so beautifully displayed in this collection. His work transcends the concepts of beauty, light and shadow, good and evil, here and there, yesterday and tomorrow. He single-handedly renders a picture of the world as it ought to be, as it needs to be and as it will be. Harmony and agreement are innate in his work. He depicts a world of hope in which all participants are active protagonists in the play of life. The power of his vision envelops the viewer, creating a vacuum that penetrates all living matter and joins the Higher Being with mere mortals in the celebration of life. This is the power of his vision.
You may love the bright colors, the daring compositions, the innovative techniques, even the surreal scenery. But his work goes beyond that. He dissects the world as we know it and extracts the essence of life that needs to be preserved. He plants the seed of goodness and adds it to the fertile soil of his canvases, waters it with the life of color, and harvests the fruits of the earth with the light that shines upon his images.
So, what are the things we love about the artist? Only one, really. An that is the fact that he was brave enough to share his vision with humanity. He brings it to us in a format that we can all grasp and comprehend.It is there for all to enjoy. It is there for the generations to come.