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 is currently working on a commission for Shannon Airport which will be unveiled in May 2017.
Her bronze sculpture Giant Irish Deer was recently unveiled at the official opening of the Munster Rugby High Performance Centre, UL Sport Arena, University of Limerick.
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 .
Dublin Painting and Sketching Club 139th Annual Exhibition, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, 7 - 21 May.
SculptureGardens 2017, Millcove Gallery, Co. Cork, May - September.
Sculptures at Ballymaloe, Ballymaloe Hotel, Co. Cork, 21 June - July.
Watercolour Society of Ireland Annual Exhibition, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, 24 September - 1 October 2017.