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 in Charlottesville, 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 the 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."