Studio 180 Salon is a proud supporter of Cary’s local arts community by serving as a host venue for 2016 Cary Art Loop Final Friday events. On the final Friday of select months, we feature a local artist with a reception from 6-9 pm. So, come join us at the studio for great art and get in the Loop!

This month through September 2016, we are pleased to show works by renowned artist Timothy Orikri.

Timothy-OrikriTimothy UfuomaEfe Orikri is a freelance artist whose style varies from semi-realism to abstract paintings, hand-painted ceramics and music. Although currently residing in Michigan, he was born the son of a Baptist minister in the Delta State, southern Nigeria. It’s not surprising that this early upbringing has been influential on his perception of the world. His artistic desires – much like the messages given by his father from the pulpit – come in themes of hope, harmony, and the gift of nature. His sincere lifelong desire is to use a wide spectrum of vibrant colors and mixed mediums to create a secure world in which humanity is restored to God’s intended pure state for man at the dawn of creation.

Timothy graduated from Delta State University Abraka in southern Nigeria with a B.A. (Ed) in Fine Art. His continually evolving artwork is a marrying of African, European, and American influences which he skillfully bridges the gap between the ancient and modern – never forgetting his roots. He attributes this training in mainstream Euro-American art production techniques to the course he’s followed in expressing his art ideas.

Since arriving in the United States in 1995, Orikri’s work has been widely exhibited in several prominent museums, colleges, churches, and public buildings.

His desire is that every piece created will portray the qualities that will enlighten, deepen, and ultimately enrich the human race for all to be enjoyed. In his own words, “As an artist, I am constantly searching for diverse format in order to create imaginative, thought-provoking pieces. This search has enabled me to create unique artworks relevant to traditional and modern trends.”

Creation Story (II)

Creation Story (II)

The paintings of this artist truly belong to one of the best of recent Africa paintings; he has something profound to express and contributes significantly to the growth, relevance and visibility of contemporary world art, as well as enriches society by his “making a difference through art programs.” Timothy Orikri’s art is expressive – drawing you in to look, linger, and absorb what you see and feel.

For the August Final Friday event, there will be a special auction for one of Timothy’s signed original paintings, Creation Story II. A local patron of the arts and Studio 180 Salon, Marianne Moldt, has donated her hair to pediatric cancer research in the cause of children’s cancer awareness to the St. Baldricks Foundation. Proceeds from the auction for this painting will be donated to Marianne’s pediatric fund.

A full catalogue of each of Timothy’s pieces for this show can be viewed here.

For more information about Timothy, you can Visit Timothy’s website at, or see his Facebook page.