Born in 1959, Ken Tighe is a contemporary realist painter and a life long resident of Massachusetts where he teaches, paints, and raises his family. He graduated from Massachusetts College of Art in 1982 with a BFA in painting where he first met painting instructor George Nick. Nick has had a profound and lasting influence on his work.
In 1985 Tighe received an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, where his thinking about contemporary realist painting would be greatly impacted by Neil Welliver, the Chair of the Graduate School of Fine Arts. The influence of these masters of modern realist painting and thought provided the formative foundation for Tighe’s paintings today.
His experience at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1986 was an important first step in finding consensus between these influences and his own painting sensibilities.
Tighe has been a full time member of the Visual Art faculty at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Mass since 1986. While he has been the Painting Instructor for all of those years, he has also taught Ceramics, 2D Mixed Media, and is the creator and instructor for MAPA (murals and public arts). He has been awarded the E. E. Ford Award for Excellence in Teaching twice.
Recent professional accomplishments are his inclusion in Chawky Frenn’s 2012 book 100 Boston Painters, an ambitious compilation of notable Boston connected painters, both established and emerging, as well as his 2011 interview in the respected painting blog Painting Perceptions.