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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Elizabeth's latest sculpture of a young Charles Darwin was recently installed in Ballymena Academy Grammar School, where it is hoped the sculpture will inspire future generations of science students.
The Waterolour Society of Ireland have invited Elizabeth to give a demonstration of her work at their Annual Exhibition in September in Dun Laoghaire. This will be open to the public and free of charge.
Elizabeth was invited to be Chair of the Sculpture Jury at the Irish Concrete Society Awards 2016. Together with fellow juror, architect Ronan McCann, they selected 'Fleeting' by Mel French as the 2016 Sculpture Winner.
Watch a short video of the presentation here.
Elizabeth's sculpture of Count John McCormack is photographed on the front cover of a new sculpture book, "The Complete Guide to the Statues and Sculptures of Dublin City", Neal Doherty, Orpen Press, 2015, and is mentioned in "IRELANDOPEDIA, A Compendium of Maps, Facts and Knowledge", Fatti Burke and John Burke, Gill & Macmillan Books, 2015.
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 and Twitter
The Society of Portrait Sculptors, La Galleria, Pall Mall, London, from 16 - 21 May.
Form at Ballymaloe, Ballymaloe, Co. Cork, from 21 June - 31 August.
The Waterolour Society of Ireland Annual Exhibition, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, from 25 September - 2 October.
Sculpture in Context, Botanic Gardens, Dublin, from 8 September - 21 October.
Greenacres Gallery, Wexford Festival, from 22 October - 12 November.
The Ulster Waterolour Society Annual Exhibition, Belfast, autumn, dates to be confirmed.