Sara Farrell Okamura & Hideyo Okamura at Gallery 51

Sara Farrell Okamura & Hideyo Okamura 

Things You See

Gallery 51

On view August 28 – September 25

     SaraFarrell      hideyookamura

                                            Sara Farrell Okamura, Humanoid                                  Hideyo Okamura, Probably

Perceptions of what is seen on a daily basis can reflect something realistic, metaphorical or illusory. Works by Sara Farrell Okamura & Hideyo Okamura present divergent outlooks of the visual experience, but often these art pieces give rise to a similar concept; what is seen is unconsciously not recognized.

Hideyo Okamura’s work represents a here and now. It is not a depiction of anything other than what it is; line, paint, color, texture, and time.  In contrast, Farrell Okamura’s figurative drawings, sometimes simple and to the point and other times maniacal and exaggerated focuses on realities, both mundane and extraordinary, not acknowledged.


Sara Farrell Okamura 

Sara Farrell Okamura, a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has been a working artist for over 26 years. In that time she has exhibited work locally, nationally and internationally. This includes Chicago, New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Mexico and Japan. She has been the recipient of grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the A.R.T. Fund sponsored by the Berkshire Taconic Foundation. She has exhibited work at the International Print Center in New York and most recently participated in two exhibitions at Thompson Giroux Gallery in Chatham, New York.  

In addition, she was co-director of 1935 Gallery in Chicago, curating over 35 exhibitions including exchanges with artists from San Luis Potosi and Zacatecas, Mexico, a staff member at Kidspace in MASS MoCA , North Adams MA, and founding executive director of Northern Berkshire Creative Arts, a community based hands-on arts center on the campus of MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA.  Most recently Okamura was the School and Teacher Program Manager at Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield MA.

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Hideyo Okamura

My work is abstract and executed with basic materials and simple marks. By employing these elements using repetition, overlays, and transparencies in work that cannot be immediately summed up by its image I can prevail upon people to look more closely. Without having a recognizable representation something new, never before seen or experienced can be created, much the way music, no matter what its style, is organized sound.

I was born and raised in Japan and have lived my adult life in the United States. I feel my esthetics, being informed through living in two different cultures, is best expressed in abstraction. For me abstraction is liberating. It crosses all cultural barriers and is exhilarating in its freedom of interpretation no matter where you are from or what your life experience might be.

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