Authors' Biographies

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OKanePictureOriginally a translator of French and Spanish, I changed career in my late twenties to follow my passion and become a full-time artist. I am largely self-taught, but have undertaken part-time studies at the Art Students League of New York, and at the Fl

orence Academy of Art in Italy. I’m fortunately able to continue to indulge my love of cycling and dogs.

I am now a sculptor and painter based in Dublin, Ireland. I divide my time between fulfilling commissions for portrait and figurative sculptures (usually cast in bronze), carving less formal stone sculptures (always more abstract than my bronze work), and also painting architectural subjects and cityscapes in watercolour. I am best known for my six-foot bronze of Irish tenor John Count McCormack in

Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens. Collectors of my work include The Irish Embassy in Washington DC, The National Library of Ireland, Shannon Airport and The International Rugby Board.   

At the Society of Portrait Sculptors,
London 2016

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Royal Hibernian Academy of Art Annual Exhibition, Dublin. 2020 - ’18, ’14, ’12 -’10, ’07, ’06, ’02.

Royal Ulster Academy of Art Annual Exhibition, Belfast. 2018, ’17, ’16, ’12, ’09 -’04, ’01, ’00.

The Society of Portrait Sculptors Annual Exhibition, Cork Street, London. 2020, 2016, 2007, 2006.

The Water Colour Society of Ireland, Annual Exhibition, Dublin. Annually since 2013.

The Ulster Watercolour Society, Annual Exhibition, Belfast. Annually since 2012.

Thanksgiving Joint Exhibition, with printmaker Julie Ann Haines, at The Bondwell, Dublin. 2019.

Sculpture in Context, The National Botanic Gardens, Dublin. 2016, 2013, 2012, 2003.

Vanishing Art Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Carton House, Co. Kildare. 2016, 2014, 2013.

Eigse Annual Exhibition, Carlow Arts Festival. 2001.

Oireachtas Annual Exhibition, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin. 2000.

Gormleys Fine Art, Garden Sculpture Exhibitions, 2019, 2014, 2012, 2011.

Solomon Fine Art, The Lyons Estate Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Co. Kildare. 2013;

CAST 25 Sculpture Exhibition, Dublin. 2011.

Millcove Gallery, Co. Cork, The Irish Sculpture Awards 2013; Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, 2010.

The Tramyard Gallery, Joint Exhibition, Dalkey. 2006.

The Taylor Gallery, Joint Exhibition, Belfast. 2005.


The Irish Embassy, Washington DC.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Iveagh House, Dublin.

Iveagh Gardens, Dublin.

National Concert Hall, Dublin.

National Library of Ireland, Dublin.

Shannon Airport, Co. Clare.

Waterford Treasures Museum, Waterford City.                                         

University College Dublin, Belfield Campus and Iveagh House collections.

University of Limerick.

International Rugby Board, World Headquarters, Dublin.

Irish Rugby Football Union, Dublin.

Munster Rugby High Performance Centre, University of Limerick Sports Arena.

Watercolour Society of Ireland National Collection, University of Limerick.

Incorporated Orthopaedic Hospital of Ireland, Dublin.

BreastCheck, St.Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin.

Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin.

Irish College of General Practitioners, Dublin.

Belfast City Hall, Belfast.

Jordanstown Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey Borough Council, Belfast.

Clifton House, Belfast.

Carton House Hotel, Co. Kildare.

Medisec Ireland, and Mason, Hayes & Curran, Solicitors, and Hayes Solicitor, Dublin.

Ballymena Academy Grammar School, Ballymena, Co. Antrim.

Gracehill Primary School, Ballymena, Co. Antrim.

Ballymena Rugby Football Club, Co. Antrim.

Boss Murphy Collection, Churchtown, Co. Cork.

Tommy Tiernan, Comedian, Dublin.

Nine Fine Irishmen Irish Bar, New York New York Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas.

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A W A R D S 

2020    The Art Students League of New York, Student Concours – Awarded Best in Show.

2020    Royal Hibernian Academy of Art 190th Annual Exhibition, Dublin – Invited Artist.

2018    Royal Hibernian Academy of Art 188th Annual Exhibition, Dublin – Invited Artist.

2016    Royal Ulster Academy of Art 136th Annual Exhibition, Belfast – Invited Artist.

2015    The Watercolour Society of Ireland 161st Annual Exhibition, Dublin – K&M Evans Award.

2015    The Ulster Watercolour Society 39th Annual Exhibition, Dublin – Best Townscape Award.

2013    The Mill Cove Galleries, West Cork - The Irish Sculpture Awards 2013.

2012    Ulster Watercolour Society 35th Annual Exhibition, Belfast - Best Townscape Prize.

2007    Royal Hibernian Academy of Art 177th Annual Exhibition - Conor/Moran Sculpture Prize.

2006    Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland Office – Invited Artist.

2000    Oireachtas Annual Exhibition, Dublin - Oireachtas/CAST Sculpture Prize.


Dublin             Gormleys Fine Art, Solomon Fine Art.

Kerry               The Greenlane Gallery, Dingle.      


A B O U T   T H E   A R T I S T

2018-20           The Art Students League of New York, USA. Stone carving and Watercolour classes.

2019                Elected Member of The Art Students League of New York, USA.

2016                Appointed Chair of the Sculpture Jury to adjudicate The Irish Concrete Society Awards 2016 Sculpture Prize.

2013                Member of the Water Colour Society of Ireland (WCSI Committee member since 2016).

2012                Member of the Ulster Watercolour Society.

2010-13           Pietrasanta Marble School, Italy. Stone carving, part time studies.

2008                The Art Students League of New York, USA. Stone carving and watercolour classes.

2005-08           The Florence Academy of Art, Italy. Figurative Sculpture, part time studies.

2004-07           Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin.

Lecturer in Sculpture and Prosthetics for Film, TV and Theatre Make-Up Department.

2001               Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. Sculpting the figure in Wax.

1998-00           University College Dublin. Purser Griffith Diploma in the History of European Painting, First Class Honours.

1997-00           Liberties College, Dublin. Interior Design Diploma.

Worked with Interior Designers Milo Fitzgerald, and the late Carl Geisler.

1995-96           National College of Art and Design, Dublin. Watercolour classes.

1994-95           Académie Aquarelle, Paris, France. Watercolour classes.

1993-94           Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin.

Graduate Diploma in Business Studies, Honours.

1989-93           Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland.

                        French and Spanish Interpreting and Translating, BA Honours.



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