Shogo Okada, born in Japan, and eagerly transitioning to life in Canada, arrived five years ago with his unique prints exploring the world of print and digital media, with a focus on animation and cartoons. Drawing from an array of sources, comic books, animation, television shows and billboard advertisements, as well as objects and architectural styles. Okada hand draws, cuts, rearranges and using the silkscreen printing process, creates new works with hints to the original sources While both a formal and technical exploration of his material process and content, the resulting work has a strong impact of abstraction, utilizing strong fields of colour with familiar elements shifting locations through a body of work. Okada's work is a fascinating glimpse into the considerations of an artist born and raised in 80's and 90's in Japan. Raised on both Eastern and Western animation, Okada's subjects have included Curious George, Felix the Cat, Peanuts, as well as historical Ukiyo-e and Canadian art. Okada manages to establish a connection between the contemporary cultures such as hip-hop and youth culture and the enormous amount of information in our daily life with a nod to the histories and ethos of both.


Education
Diploma
     2011, Osaka College of Art, Osaka Japan

Exhibition
-Solo-
     2010 This Is My First Exhibition, Stem Gallery, Osaka /Japan
     2011 Exhibition at Hugh's Room, Toronto/Canada
     2015 That Reminds Me ofc, Open Studio Print Sales Gallery, Toronto/Canada
-Group-
     2011 The Print Show 8th Annual, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto/Canada
     2011 Artist Proof Sale, Open Studio Gallery, Toronto/Canada
     2011 Print About Me, Greenbox, Milano/Italy
     2012 Exhibition at Open Studio Print Sales Gallery, Toronto/Canada
     2012 Under 30 at 30, Japanese Paper Place, Toronto/Canada
     2012 The Print Show the 9th Annual, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto/Canada
     2013 Hi Five., LE Gallery, Toronto/Canada
     2015 Print-by-Colours, Open Studio Print Sales Gallery, Toronto/Canada
     2015 New Works, LE Gallery, Toronto/Canada
     2015 45th Anniversary Exhibition, Open Studio Galley, Toronto/Canada
     2015 Works With Paper, LE Gallery, Toronto/Canada
Events/Art Faires
     2012 Interior Design Show 2012, Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto/Canada
     2012 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition 2012Nathan Phillip Square, Toronto/Canada
     2012 Big on Bloor, Bloor St., Toronto/Canada
     2012 Big on Bloor 2012Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto/Canada
     2012 Artist Proof Sale 2012, Open Studio Gallery, Toronto/Canada
     2013 Centre A 14th Anniv Fundraising Dinner & Art Auction 2012, Centre A, Vancouver/Canada
     2013 Art Toronto 2013, Toronto Metro Convention Centre, Toronto/Canada
     2013 Artist Proof Sale Open Studio Gallery, Toronto/Canada
     2014 Artist Proof Sale Open Studio Gallery, Toronto/Canada
     2015 Art Toronto 2015, Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto/Canada
     2015 Annual Print Sale Pret-a-Emporter X, Atelier Circulaire, Montreal/Canada
     2015 Artist Proof Sale Open Studio Gallery, Toronto/Canada

Awards
     2012 First Prize, 100 Prints 2012, Open Studio National Printmaking Awards, Toronto/Canada

Collections
      BMO(Canada)
      National Bank(Canada)
      Capital One (USA)


Publications
     "Canadian Art Summer 2012" page 51
     "Torja(Toronto)" vol. 15 2012 Oct
     "NOW(Toronto)" Dec 6-12 2012
     "bits(Toronto)" Dec 2013
     newspaper etc.