Welcome to O’Malley-Keyes – Fine Art. Julia’s newest Cape Cod art gallery offers original oil paintings, commissioned works of art and limited edition fine art prints. Each limited edition includes a letter of authenticity and is signed and numbered by the artist. Our fine art prints are a wonderful gift for any occasion or a welcome addition to your home or office decor. Your fine art print is created from an original oil painting by Julia O’Malley-Keyes using only the finest substrates, and highly saturated pigmented inks. Her extensive catalog of over 400 prints features classic sailing yachts, coastal harbors, sailing regattas, Cape Cod, Nantucket Island, Martha’s Vineyard, Boston and international destinations.
About Julia O’Malley-Keyes
Always surrounded by the sea, with a family heritage of sailing, writing, acting, and painting, the O’Malley-Keyes clan of eight children were expected to choose a creative endeavor. Their father, Nial O’Malley-Keyes, was a published author, champion Polo player and a world traveler. A man who brought a feeling of zest for life to an art form, he demanded that each one of his eight children choose their expression of artistic zeal. It could be acting, writing, painting, sculpting, weaving, or whatever creative endeavor that interested them. However, it was mandatory that each one of his children chose something artistic, something creative, to do during the summer months. Ms. O’Malley-Keyes embraced painting.
Starting in the late ’60s, the artist lived in Provincetown during the summer. She spent winters in New York City, studying at the Art Students League. During her time in Provincetown, she opened here first of three fine art galleries. She studied with Henry Hensche, honing her skills and studying color theory. Although Ms. O’Malley Keyes is known for her highly detailed oil paintings, it is her understanding of color theory that she credits to her study with Henry Hensche. She opened her first art gallery in Provincetown in 1970 at the age of 22 and owes the success that she has had in her artistic career to her studies with noted masters here in the United States, Europe and Shanghai. The artist has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and Central America, seeking out painting masters to study with and expand her knowledge of fine art working in an old masters technique. O’Malley- Keyes travels yearly to study with noted Marine and Figurative painters to further hone her skills and to find continued inspiration in painting the historic yachts, local vistas, commissioned portraits, and paintings that are at the center of her artistic career.
“My choice of painting in the genre of contemporary realism, using an old master’s technique of transparent layers of color, reflects my desire to simplify what an individual is looking at and through my work, feel that they are in the moment and a part of the painting.” It is color, her intense emotional connection to the sea, and her fascination with elegant sailing yachts coupled with her deep desire to “know” the people behind her highly detailed portraits that inspires her. “I want the viewer to feel the rush of water, the smell of salt air, and the joy of being on the ocean. I have chosen to paint these magnificent sailing yachts as a historical record. Versatility and vitality encapsulate the spectrum of her subjects from elegant classic yachts to charming coastal vistas, harbors, family portraits, the beauty of Cape Cod and international destinations. As you look at Julia’s paintings, the viewer can immediately see her dedication to detail, masterful use of color and composition to create a unique work of art.
Her first love is art and the creation of highly detailed paintings, but her second love and equally as important to her is her involvement in local and national charities by way of donations of original oil paintings for auction to many areas of need. O’Malley-Keyes continues her father’s lifetime dedication to charitable endeavors. She has donated original oil paintings to The Cotuit Art Center, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Mystic Seaport Museum (2017’s donation at auction garnered $20,000 in support of the Mystic Seaport Museum) A Baby Center, Figawi Charities, The United Way, Spaulding Rehabilitation Center, Cape Cod Hospital Foundation, Cahoon Museum of American Art, American Heart Foundation, American Cancer Society, Rosie’s Place and many many more independent fundraising efforts. The artist stated,” You get what you give from life.”
Julia’s work hangs in museums, corporate headquarters, and numerous private collections of notable individuals and their families. Charlie Gibson, formerly of ABC, Harry Connick Jr. singer-songwriter and actor, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Katharine Graham, past CEO Washington Post, Carly Simon and so many more, enjoy her classic marine, portraiture, and landscapes, and continue to add to their O’Malley-Keyes collection.