• Sculpture 'Chiricahua'
  • Sculpture 'Giusy'
  • Sculpture 'Porcellino'
  • Sculpture 'Boss'
  • Sculpture 'Augustus'
  • Sculpture 'John MacCormack'
  • Sculpture 'Jigsaw'
  • Sculpture 'Goldie'
  • Sculpture 'Mark'
  • Sculpture 'Mountain Goat'
  • Sculpture 'Janice'
  • Sculpture 'Ricardo'
  • Sculpture 'Deer'
  • Painting 'New York East Manhattan'
  • Sculpture 'New York Lower Manhattan'
Elizabeth O'Kane is an award winning sculptor and painter, originally from Northern Ireland, now working in Dublin. Her work follows the realist tradition.


Elizabeth is interested in anatomy, portraiture, and movement. She sculpts people, animals, and birds, working in clay, casting in bronze, and carving in stone. Public sculpture commissions include
  • life size sculpture of world famous Irish tenor, Count John McCormack, in Dublin's Iveagh Gardens, and
  • champion Irish greyhound Mick the Miller, in Killeigh, County Offaly.


Elizabeth's paintings are strongly architectural. Detailed cityscapes are captured in
strong sunlight, bold shadows give the work a sculptural aspect. Working in watercolour, her paintings have been described as photorealist. Travel is a recurrent theme; originally a translator by profession, she has worked and studied in New York, Paris, Florence, and Dublin. Elizabeth is a member of the Water Colour Society of Ireland and of the Ulster Watercolour Society.

Exhibition & Collections

Elizabeth exhibits with the Royal Hibernian and Royal Ulster Academies of Art, and the Society of Portrait Sculptors in England. Collectors include the International Rugby Board, the Irish Rugby Football Union, The National Concert Hall, Belfast City Hall and New York New York Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. She works to commission for public, corporate, and private collections. She also prepares work for galleries and exhibitions; her work sells as unique pieces, or in small limited editions.

She welcomes visitors to her studio.
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A new short film has been made about Elizabeth's work. The film was produced and directed by photographer Alan Currie, and music composed by DJ/composer Aaron McClelland.

Elizabeth has been working on a number of sculpture commissions for the Munster region:

Shannon Airport commissioned a large bronze bust of Dr. Brendan O'Regan, the founder of the Duty Free shopping concept, which was unveiled in May 2017.

In April Elizabeth's bronze sculpture Giant Irish Stag was unveiled in the Munster Rugby High Performance Centre, UL Sport Arena, University of Limerick, to represent the stag on the Munster Rugby crest.

And on 1 July Waterford City centre unveils Elizabeth's one and half times life size bronze bust of John J. Hearne, author of the Irish Constitution, and son of Waterford.

Elizabeth is also currently working on a sculpture commission for a new museum in Muscat, Oman, which will be unveiled later in 2017.

When her work schedule permits Elizabeth gives classes in portrait sculpture with live model in her Dublin studio. Students learn acute observational skills in how to approach the portrait, how to take measurements from the model, and how to bring the clay to life to achieve a strong likeness. The classes are small, intensive, and are suitable for all levels from beginners to those with artistic experience.

You can read more about Elizabeth's work in an interview on the Blog page of The Design Tower studio's website. Click here to read the interview, and click here to watch a promotional film about the Design Tower.

You can follow Elizabeth's work on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram .

Upcoming Exhibitions

Royal Ulster Academy of Art 136th Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast, 6 October 2017 - 7 January 2018.
Ulster Watercolour Society 41st Annual Exhibition, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, 8 - 18 November 2017.
Parvis Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Lisburn, Belfast, 18 - 21 November 2017.