Shogo Okada’s work explores visual arts and music, and their integration within popular counter-cultural forms and historical works. He draws influence from an array of sources such as comic books, animation, television shows, billboard advertisements, the 20th century art historical movements of Minimalism and Formalism, as well as a variety of objects and architectural styles.
Okada hand draws, cuts, rearranges, and uses the silkscreen printing process to create new works with hints to their original sources. The resulting work has a strong impact of abstraction, utilizing vibrant fields of colour with familiar elements that shift locations throughout a body of work. Influenced by both Eastern and Western animation, Okada's subjects have included characters from popular Western animations such as Curious George, Felix the Cat, and Peanuts while also referencing 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.
Shogo Okada was born in Japan and immigrated to Canada over 7 years ago. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in Printmaking from the Osaka College of Art, Japan. His work has been exhibited in Canada and Japan, and is held in numerous private collections as well as the corporate collections of BMO, National Bank of Canada, and Capitol One in the United States. Okada is currently based out of Toronto, ON.