Omari Booker "Unmastered"
oil on panel
68.5 x 43 in (72.5 x 47 in framed in box)
The strong figure in the foreground exemplifies the physical strength and confidence of
a young black male, while the background shows his inner scars and vulnerability. We
all have a side that we show the world, and scars that are under the surface.
Unmastered is an example of strength through adversity.
“Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete?
Proving natures laws wrong, it learned to walk without having feet.
Funny, it seems to by keeping its dreams; it learned to breathe fresh air.
Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared.”
― Tupac Shakur , The Rose That Grew from Concrete
About the Artist:
Omari Booker began his journey as an artist his senior year of high school at Montgomery Bell Academy. There he realized his gift for visual art and like most true artists, the path to developing his talent has been anything but linear. It has taken him through various disciplines and institutions including Belmont University, Middle Tennessee State University, and Tennessee State University. As he studied Mathematics and other more traditional curricula he finally focused on studio art and graphic design earning his B.S. in Graphic Design from Tennessee State University. Omari is currently the curator and artist in residence at Woodcuts Gallery and Custom Framing. Omari’s work has been influenced by masters such as Vincent Van Gogh and Salvador Dali as well as, modern artists like Charles White and Jacob Lawrence. A consistent affinity for realism is apparent in his work, while abstractions can also be found. Oil paintings are Omari’s predominant medium, but charcoal, chalk pastels, and acrylic paintings are essential building blocks of his work, and are often finished pieces.