The Artistry of Timothy Orikri: July 1-August 22

by | Jun 11, 2015

With the summer art exhibition season in full swing, the University of Michigan Detroit Center is proud to present “The Artistry of Timothy Orikri,” a brilliant collection of diverse pieces at Monts Hall with an opening reception on Friday, July 17, from 6-8 p.m. As a bonus to the evening event, Mr. Orikri will provide a brief talk on his creative process and artworks at 7 p.m.. Light refreshments and complimentary parking will also be available for the reception.

Orikri carefully blends vibrant colors, fiery orange-reds and electric blues, with textures like dried fruits and feathers to create timeless pieces. Born in Nigeria where he studied Fine Art at Delta State University, Abraka, Orikri came to the U.S. in 1995, first settling in Missouri before making Michigan his home.

Influenced by African, European and American culture and fueled by a desire to shape a better world, he began to create art that elicits an emotional response. As a result, his paintings are thought provoking with themes of hope, harmony and the gift of nature woven through each piece, creating a unique art experience.

His unwavering commitment to enriching lives through art is unquestionable. Orikri contributes his time and talents to various art programs and has donated many of his paintings to local and national organizations.

Orikri’s art has been widely exhibited in numerous distinguished museums, colleges and public buildings including the Detroit Public Library Galleria, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, and both the Spirit Glass Hallway Gallery and the Spirit Café Gallery located inside Oakwood Hospital in Taylor, Michigan.

The Artistry of Timothy Orikri exhibition, which includes semi-realism, abstract and mixed media paintings, runs July 1- August 22. Art lovers of all ages are encouraged to attend.

Gallery admission and parking are free and light refreshments will be served during the opening reception. The gallery is open to the public Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., and 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

For information on Timothy Orikri and his artwork, visit