Elizabeth O’Kane is a sculptor and painter, originally from Northern Ireland, now working in Dublin. Her work follows the realist tradition. Her sculptures are figurative and focus on anatomy, portraiture, and movement. She works in bronze and stone.
Her watercolours are strongly architectural, delicately painted onto carefully drafted drawings. Detailed cityscapes set in strong sunlight and bold shadows offer a sculptural, photorealist style.
Originally a French translator, travel is a recurrent theme. Over a twenty year career Elizabeth has exhibited at the Royal Ulster Academy and the Royal Hibernian Academy of Art (where she won the RHA Conor/Moran Sculpture Award) and has been an invited artist at both. She is a member of The Art Students League of New York, the Water Colour Society of Ireland and the Ulster Watercolour Society.
Elizabeth’s work can be found in various public and private collections, including The Irish Embassy in Washington DC, The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The National Library of Ireland, The National Concert Hall, University of Limerick, University College Dublin and Shannon Airport. Public sculptures include:
- Irish tenor Count John McCormack in Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens
- Champion Irish greyhound Mick the Miller in Killeigh, County Offaly
- and large bronze portrait busts of John Hearne in Waterford City and Washington DC
She lectured in portrait sculpture at IADT, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, and teaches portrait sculpture in her studio in The Design Tower, Dublin.