Antoni Oko’s practice is interested in painting and parallel analyses of the material nature and qualities of surface and colour. The artist has produced a significant series of paintings, large works on paper and artists’ books. The latter are cut and folded and resonate as familiar and intimate objects while gesturing, in some cases, at the forms and colours of well-known paintings, reconceived in three dimensions.
Oko was born in 1977 in Poland and immigrated to Canada as a child. He holds a BA from the University of Toronto and studied at the Banff Centre. Recent solo exhibitions of his work have taken place in Vancouver at Hardscrabble Gallery, Burrard Arts Foundation, CSA Space and Access Gallery. He regularly writes for UNIT/PITT Projects’ ISSUE magazine and works with 221A as a Portfolio Manager.