By Chase Rheam
STILLWATER, Okla. — A Stillwater native and contemporary artist is working on a mural that will become a permanent fixture of the Oklahoma State University Postal Plaza Gallery. Yatika Fields, who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., has been commissioned to paint a mural as a way to celebrate the museum’s upcoming opening. Fields has been painting since age 15. According to an OSU press release, by the time Fields graduated from Stillwater High School in 2000, he had won the American Vision Award. “In the last four years, I’ve been doing murals, which is large scale, for different cities and different countries, so it’s nice to be able to come home and paint and create something from where you’re from,” he said. Field’s mural will be placed on the other side of an overhang that holds artist Grace Hamilton’s “The History of Payne County,” which was created in 1963. Fields said his mural will be a stark contrast. “It’s going to be very modern looking,” he said. “It’s going to be very fun.” He said it will be a comparison to Hamilton’s painting with dialogue to what Payne County means to him as a resident, an Oklahoman and a Native American. “I think it will be kind of different for every viewer,” Fields said. “I think what will help is an artist statement describing what you’re looking at to kind of help viewers pick out things in the painting and understand where I’m coming from.” The mural will be unveiled April 11. Fields will continue to work, beginning in the evening until late morning, he said.