Tim O’Kane, born Richmond 1950, is a lifelong Virginian. O’Kane earned his Bachelors of Fine Art from Virginia Commonwealth University, 1972. His work has been exhibited and collected throughout the United States and internationally. Public collections include the Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia, the Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, South Carolina and the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia. He is the recipient of many fellowships and awards including the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Peninsula Fine Arts Center and the University of Virginia Center for the Liberal Arts. His teaching career includes four years with UVA’s Continuing Education Department as an instructor for studio art and art history. Tim served as chair of St. Anne’s Belfield School, Fine Arts Department, Charlottesville, Virginia 1984-1995. O’Kane is well known for his large narrative drawings and paintings, but also for his portraits and landscapes of Italy. His most recent works include paintings in both his Boxes and Still Life portfolios.

"Still-life affords the artist a compelling balance between geometry and illusion. Representational painting offers endless possibilities for distilling a contemplative order from the chaos of the world. My still life work stabilizes the present that is ever becoming my past. And so, the objects are collected and arranged, illuminated by the light of my studio window. The drawing is made, the colors gradually applied, tonalities adjusted toward warmth or coolness, details articulated, many seen only after extended observation. Days go by, weeks sometimes before it is done. In that time, it has become both an illusion and an object – a recollection and an experience in the present."



Solo Exhibitions 

2014 Recent Sill Life and Selected Work from the Dream Series "Naxos," Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

2013 River Inn, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA   

2012 The Observed World of a Right-Handed Painter/ Recent Still Life, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, Va.

2011 NAXOS  Piedmont Virginia Community College, Charlottesville, Va.

2010 Recent Work Warm Springs Gallery, Charlottesville, Va.

2010 Still Life / Recent Work Warm Springs Gallery, Warm Springs, Va.

2009 Still Life Warm Springs Gallery, Warm springs, Va. 

2008 Maine / Watercolors Warm Springs Gallery, Warm Springs Va.

2008 Still-Life & Time Enough (Angelo’s / C&O  - Charlottesville venues)

2005 Italian Miniatures McGuffey Arts Center, Charlottesville, Virginia

2000 The Hours Trilogy and Island Suite  McGuffey Arts Center,  Charlottesville, Virginia

1998 Time Enough Selected Paintings and Drawings Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, Virginia

1994 Ten Years Greenville County Museum of Art,  Greenville, S.C.

1989 Selected Drawings Piedmont Va. Community College, Charlottesville,Va.

1989 Works On Paper Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, Va.

Group Exhibitions

2014 December Holiday Group Show, Haley Fine Art, Sperryville, VA

2014 Gallery ArtistsHaley Fine Art, Sperryvile, VA

2013 Gallery Artists Summer Exhibition, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

2012 Who We Are, Present And Past 50th Anniversary Exhibition,  Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News,

2012 Gallery Artists, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, Va.

2012 State of the Arts in Virginia  The Capitol Offices of Senator Mark Warner, Washington,DC  (Invitational Exhibition)

2012 Gallery Artists Summer Exhibition, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, Va.

2010 Gallery Artists Summer Exhibition, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, Va.

2010 UnPainting, Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, S.C.

2010 13th Annual Boston Fine Art Show, Boston, Ma. (Fraser Gallery)  

2010 Summer Introduction Exhibition, Hidell Brooks Gallery, Charlotte, N.C.

2010 Vitamin C Gallery Artists, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, Va.

2010 The Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY (The Fraser Gallery)

2010 The Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, Md. (Gallery Artists)

2008 Bridge Art Fair, Miami/Basel (The Fraser Gallery) – Miami, Florida

2008 The Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, Md. (Gallery Artists)

2008 Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, Va. (Gallery Artists)

2008 Warm Springs Gallery, Warm Springs, Va.            

2008 The Butler Institute of American Art National Juried Exhibition, Youngstown, Ohio  *catalogue

2008 Gallery Henoch, New York

2008 Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

2008 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY.

2005 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY.

2005 Art of the 20th Century, New York, N.Y.

2005 Contemporary American Realism VIII, M.A.Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK

2003 30 YEARS, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, Va.

2002 Realism / Regional, Les Yeux de Monde, Charlottesville, Va.

2000 New American Paintings (Juror: Howard Fox) Open Studios Press, Boston, Ma. * Catalog # 27

1999 New American Paintings (Juror: Linda Norden) Open Studios Press * Catalog # 21

1998 Artsites 98, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, Md., Catalog: Washington Review

1998 Commonwealth Collections, Contemporary Art Center of Va., Va. Beach

1996 Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, N.Y.

1993  Off The Mall, Art Museum of the Americas, Inside Washington’s Foremost Art Galleries OAS, Washington D.C

1992 Past and Present: The American Tradition of Still Life Paintings, Adams Davidson Galleries, Washington, D.C.

1991 Juried Exhibition, Peninsula Fine Arts Center (Juror: Tom Armstrong) *catalog

1990 Intimate and Visionary: 200 Years of American Master Drawings, 1790 - 1990, Adams Davidson Galleries *catalog

1990 Drawing the Line Fendrick Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1989 Small Format Works (20th Anniversary Exhibition), Fendrick Gallery

1988 Peninsula Fine Arts Center

1987 3 Realists From The Fendrick, Anderson Gallery, Va. Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.

1987 Virginia Beach Fine Arts Center, Va. Beach, Va.

1987 Juried Exhibition Peninsula Fine Arts Center

Grants, Fellowships and Awards 

2011  Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship / Works on Paper

2007 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship 

2000 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship

1998 Virginia Commission for the Arts Individual Artist Grant

1993 Virginia Commission for the Arts Individual Artist Grant

1991 Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA,Drawing Award (Juror: Tom Armstrong)                       

1990 University of Virginia Center for the Liberal Arts, Study in Italy Grant

1987 Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Friends of the Center Award and Drawing Award (Juror: Ned Rifkin)

1982 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts/Va. Commission for the Arts Professional Fellowship

1980 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship

 Public Collections 

Chrysler Museum of Art,  Norfolk, Va.

Greenville County Museum of Art,  Greenville, S.C.

Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello, Charlottesville, Va.

ER Carpenter Co., Richmond, Va.

University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, Va.

Virginia Power, Richmond, Va.

Equitable Insurance Corporation, Columbus, Ohio

MacGuire, Woods & Battle, Richmond, Va.


1965–1968   Blue Ridge Art School, Roanoke, Virginia (instructor: George Solonevich)

1972   B.F.A. Painting and Printmaking , Virginia Commonwealth University,  Richmond, Virginia