The Glass Harmonica

1st December 2016 – 7th January 2017


Solo exhibition of painting, animation and lithography at Gallery Baton, Seoul, South Korea.








A Modest Proposal

25th February – 8th April 2017


2017 marks the 350th anniversary of Jonathan Swift's birth in 1667.
'A Modest Proposal' celebrates this anniversary with a solo exhibition of maniere noir lithographs by David O'Kane at Cavanacor Gallery in Donegal, Ireland.
The artwork is inspired by the seminal essay, 'A Modest Proposal' (1729) by Jonathan Swift,
which was first printed in 1729 by Sarah Harding in Copper Alley, Dublin.
To view the images online select this link.


The entire project was commissioned by Jamie Murphy of the Salvage Press.
The prints were produced at with the expert assistance of Mick Timmons at Independent Editions in Stoneybatter, Dublin, Ireland.

All of the lithographs will be included in a special limited edition large scale book. The design, typesetting and letterpress printing will be by Jamie Murphy.
The type employed will be 24 point Monotype Caslon Small Face, an interesting cut quite close in character to William Caslon’s ‘Roman and Italick’ types of the late 1720s. This type was originally cast into founts by Neil Winter at The Whittington Press from matrices acquired from the Oxford University Press. The book will be printed on a Western style proofing press at Distillers Press, NCAD, Dublin.

Jessica Traynor has supplied nine new poems in response to the original text.
David O’Kane has scratched the ten illustrations which have been editioned from lithographic stones by Michael Timmons at his workshop in Stoneybatter.
The book is being printed on 250gsm mouldmade paper from the Zerkall Mill, Hürtgenwald, Germany, supplied by John Purcell, London.
Based in Wiltshire, UK, Jemma Lewis has designed and produced the marbled papers
based on marble patterns found at St. Patrick’s Catheral where Swift was once Dean.
Eleanor Swan has produced the porcelain inserts for the standard copies at her studio on the grounds of Russborough House, Co. Kildare.

The edition is limited to 35 books. Copies marked A to Z will be half bound in Moroccan goat with marbled paper sides by Tom, Patricia, Pat and Tommy Duffy at their workshop in Dublin’s Five Lamps area. Copies marked i, ii, iii, iv and v will be similarly bound and will remain hors de commerse.
Copies marked 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be bound in unique full leather designs by Kate Holland and are to be accompanied by a portfolio containing a full suite of the lithographs. Each book is presented in a solander box produced by its respective binder.









Fire Station Artists' Studios

1st October 2014 – 1st August 2017


Artist in residence for a long-term residency (2 years and 9 months) at the Fire Station Artists' Studios









Solo Exhibition at the Josef Filipp Galerie

September – October 2017


Solo exhibition of painting, film, animation and lithography Josef Filipp Galerie