Biography



David O’Kane studied from 2007 until 2012 under professor Neo Rauch at the HGB (Academy of Visual Arts) in Leipzig, Germany. He received a Diplom Degree with distinction in 2009 and a Meisterschüler Degree in 2012. His studies were funded by an extended DAAD Scholarship. He also holds a 1st Class Joint-Honours Degree in Fine Art & History of Art from NCAD in Dublin (2006).

O’Kane has won numerous awards, scholarships and residencies. In 2014 he won the Golden Fleece Award in Dublin. He was resident artist at the Stiftung Starke in Berlin from 2010 until 2013. He was awarded the Derek Hill Foundation Scholarship and Residency at the British School at Rome in 2009. Tom Morton awarded him joint first prize at the Claremorris Open Exhibition. In 2008 his short film ‘Babble’ was produced by eva and it won an eva open award from the curator, Hou Hanru. He also exhibited in eva in 2009. His proposal for the artistic projects tender at the Serralves em Festa 2008 in Oporto, Portugal was commissioned by the Regina Guimarães. In 2006 he won the R.C. Lewis-Crosby Award at the Royal Dublin Society.

His work is represented in collections such as the Kuntshalle der Sparkasse in Leipzig, the Zabludowicz Collection in London, the CAP Foundation in Dublin, the Trapaga-Fonalledas Collection in Puerto Rico, the Starke Foundation collection in Berlin and many international private collections.

He is on a residency at the Fire Station Artists' Studios in Dublin until 1st August 2017. In September 2017 O’Kane will have a solo exhibition at the Josef Filipp Galerie in Leipzig, Germany.


Curriculum Vitae



David O’Kane
b. 1985 in Lifford, County Donegal, Ireland.
 
David O'Kane lives and works in Dublin, Ireland and Berlin, Germany
   
Education
   
2010 – 2012 Meisterschüler Degree at the Academy of Visual Arts (HGB) Leipzig, Germany under professor Neo Rauch
2007 – 2009 Diplom, Academy of Visual Arts (HGB)Leipzig, Germany under professor Neo Rauch (Graduation with Distinction)
2002 – 2006 Bachelor of Art Joint Honours Degree in History of Art and Fine Art Painting, The National College of Art and Design
  (NCAD), Dublin (Graduation with a First Class Honours)
   
Selected Awards
   
2014 Winner of the Golden Fleece Award, Dublin, Ireland
2013 Shortlisted for the Golden Fleece Award, Dublin, Ireland
  Shortlisted for the '100 Painters of Tomorrow', Thames and Hudson Book initiated by Kurt Beers
2011 Travel and Mobility Award, Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
2010 Travel and Mobility Award, Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
2009 Claremorris Open Exhibition Award (Awarded by the Curator Tom Morton)
2008 2 Honorary Awards for Video and Installation, 1st Montijo International Plastic Arts Biennial– IX Vespeira Prize, Portugal
  Winner of the artistic projects tender at the Serralves em Festa 2008 in Oporto, Portugal
  (Awarded by the curator Regina Guimarães)
  eva International Open Award, Limerick, Ireland. (Awarded by the Curator Hou Hanru)
2007 Travel and Mobility Award, Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin
2006 Travel and Mobility Award, Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin
  R.C. Lewis-Crosby Award for Painting at the Royal Dublin Society
  O’Sullivan Award for Graphic Art, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
2005 Emerging Artist Award, Portrait Ireland, Wexford
   
Selected Residencies
   
2014 – 2017 Residency at the Fire Station Artist's Studios, Dublin, Ireland
2016 ACME Studios Residency Exchange, London, UK
  Residency at the Irish Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2011 – 2013 Extension of residency at the Stiftung Starke, Berlin, Germany
2010 – 2011 Residency at the Stiftung Starke, Berlin, Germany
  Residency at the Pilotenkueche, The Spinnerei, Leipzig, Germany
2009 Derek Hill Foundation Scholarship & Residency at the British School at Rome
  Lithography Residency at Obelisk Studio, Uithuizermeeden, The Netherlands
  Artist in Residence at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
2008 Leipzig International Art Programme, The Spinnerei, Leipzig, Germany
2006 – 2007 CAP Foundation Residency Award, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin
  (Selected by Linda Pilaro, Luke Clancy, Duncan McClaren and Neil Burke Kennedy)
   
Selected Scholarships
   
2008 DAAD Scholarship Extension, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Bonn, Germany
2007 DAAD Scholarship, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Bonn, Germany
2006 Short-listed for Hennessy Craig Scholarship, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
2004 Henry Higgins Travel Scholarship, Royal Dublin Society
  Thomas Dammann Travel Scholarship, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
   
Selected Solo Exhibitions
   
2017 'Gallery of Glass', Josef Filipp Galerie, Leipzig, Germany
  'Lapse of Time', Observation Deck, Gallery Baton, Seoul, South Korea
  ‘A Modest Proposal’, Josef Filipp Galerie, Leipzig, Germany
  ‘A Modest Proposal’, Cavanacor Gallery, Donegal, Ireland
2016 'The Glass Harmonica', Gallery Baton, Seoul, South Korea
  'The Acuity of Blindness', Josef Filipp Galerie, Leipzig, Germany
2015 'Beltany', Cavanacor Gallery, Donegal, Ireland
2014 'Continuum – Repetition & Difference', Josef Filipp Galerie, Leipzig, Germany
  'The Zoetrope – Repetition & Difference', Gallery Baton, Seoul, South Korea
2013 ‘Der Spieler – Homo Ludens’, Stiftung Starke, Berlin, Germany
2012 ‘Blindsight’, Meisterschüler Exhibition, Leipzig, Germany
  ‘The Persistence of Vision’, Josef Filipp Galerie, Leipzig, Germany
2010 ‘Still’, Cavanacor Gallery, Donegal, Ireland
2009 'Animare', Heidestrasse 46, Berlin, Germany
  ‘Dissection’, Filipp Rosbach Galerie, Leipzig, Germany
  ‘Doppelgänger’, Pierogi Gallery, Spinnerei, Leipzig, Germany
   
Selected Group Exhibitions
   
2017 'Acting Out – The Shadow on the Wall', Salzburg University, Austria
  187th Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
  ‘Jetzt Druck Machen’, Museum Angerlehner, Thalheim bei Wels, Austria
2016 'Imagination Dead Imagine' & Selected Prints', Kulturgut Hirtscheid, Germany
  'On Paper', SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin, Ireland
  'COE '16 New Century Retro - A Selection of COE Prize-winners', Claremorris, County Mayo, Ireland (Curated by Helen O'Donoghue)
  Summer Show, SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin, Ireland
  Impresssions Book Art Exhibition, Centre for Creative Arts and Media at GMIT, Galway, Ireland
  186th Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
  'The Shadow on the Wall', Cavanacor Gallery, Donegal, Ireland
2015 'Imagination Dead Imagine', Cavanacor Gallery, Donegal, Ireland
  'Imagination Dead Imagine', Josef Filipp Galerie, Leipzig, Germany
  'The Liminal Space', Gallery Baton, Seoul, South Korea
  'Trash', curated by Koen van den Broek, Gallery Eastmen, Hasselt, Belgium
2014 184th Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
  'Xmas in February', Josef Filipp Galerie, Leipzig, Germany
  'Multiple Times', Campoi Gallery, Munich, Germany
  'Open Your Eyes', Galerie Maïa Muller, Paris, France
2013 'neither here nor there II' (Contemporary Irish), Galway Arts Centre, Ireland
  'pilot projekt_', Hansaallee 159 in Düsseldorf, Germany
  'neither here nor there' (Contemporary Irish), Grimmuseum, Berlin, Germany
  ‘Der Aufstand der Dinge’, Neue Kunstverein Aschaffenberg, Germany
  ‘Die Schwarze Zunge’, Winterthur, Switzerland
2012 ‘Divergence’, Gallery Baton, Seoul, South Korea
  ‘envia Kunstkalender’, Chemnitz, Germany
  'German Now From Leipzig', Seong Nam Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea
  ‘Tafeldienst’, Kunsthalle der Sparkasse, Leipzig, Germany
  ‘Die Schwarze Zunge’, Städtische Galerie im Schloss in Isny im Allgäu, Germany
2011 ‘Zum Gebrauch des Delphins’, Städische Galerie, Wurzen, Germany
  ‘Die Schwarze Zunge’, Spinnerei, Leipzig, Germany
  'I have looked everywhere that can be looked', Cavancor Gallery, Donegal, Ireland
  ‘Le Mal de Montano’, Galerie Favardin & de Verneuil, Paris, France
  ‘Summer Group Exhibition’, Stiftung Starke, Berlin, Germany
  ‘L'art de la rencontre’, Galerie Favardin & de Verneuil, Paris, France
  ‘After the Goldrush’, Kunstverein Speyer, Städtische Galerie Speyer, Germany
  ‘Its not them, its us’, Pilotenkueche, The Spinnerei, Leipzig, Germany
2010 ‘Der Ehemalige Norden / The Former North’, Kunstverein Wilhelmshöhe Ettlingen, Germany
  ‘The Salon Art Prize Exhibition’, Matt Roberts Arts Project Space, London, England
  (Curated by Peter Bonnell, Kate MacGarry and Richard Birkett)
  Claremorris Open Exhibition, Mayo, Ireland (Curated by Lisa le Feuvre)
  ‘New Bottle, Old Wine’, Filipp Rosbach Gallery, Leipzig, Germany
  ‘The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place’, 176 Zabludowicz Collection, London, England
  (Curated by Anna-Catharina Gebbers)
2009 ‘The things I did and the money I spent’, The British School at Rome, Rome, Italy
  CAP Foundation Exhibition, NCAD Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
  ‘Neun Neue’, Lindenau Museum, Altenburg Germany
  Claremorris Open Exhibition, Mayo, Ireland (Curated by Tom Morton)
  ‘Baluster’, Columbus Art Foundation Leipzig, Germany
  ‘Werkschau 2009’, 125th SPINNEREI anniversary exhibition, Leipzig, Germany
  eva International, Exhibition of Visual Art, Limerick, Ireland (Selected and curated by Angelika Nollert and Yilmaz Dziewior)
2008 ‘Impressions’, Print Exhibition, Galway Arts Centre, Galway, Ireland
  'Winter Salon', Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
  Claremorris Open Exhibition, (Curated by Lizzie Carey Thomas)
  1st Montijo International Plastic Arts Biennial– IX Vespeira Prize, Portugal
  Serralves em Festa 2008 in Oporto, Portugal (Selected by the Regina Guimarães)
  eva International, Exhibition of Visual Art, Limerick, Ireland (Selected and curated by Hou Hanru)
   
Selected Curatorial Projects
   
2016 'Far From Me', Group Exhibition featuring Seth Armstrong, Sebastian Boulter, Colin Martin, Carol Anne McGowan & Rebecca Partridge
Josef Filipp Galerie, Leipzig, Germany
   
Selected Collections
   
  The Zabludowicz Collection, London, U.K.
  Kunsthalle der Sparkasse, Leipzig, Germany
  St. Elisabeth Hospital, Leipzig, Germany
  The Trapaga-Fonalledas family collection, Puerto Rico
  Academie Minerva, Groningen, The Netherlands
  Stanford University, U.S.A.
  Yale University, U.S.A.
  Princeton University, U.S.A.
  Boston College, U.S.A.
  Arizona State University, U.S.A.
  Florida State University, U.S.A.
  The National Library of Ireland
  The CAP Foundation, Dublin, Ireland
  The Office of Public Works, Dublin, Ireland
  Bank of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
  AXA Insurance, Dublin, Ireland
  National Irish Visual Art Library, National College of Art & Design, Dublin, Ireland
  Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  Various private collections in Germany,Ireland, Korea, England, Finland, Denmark and USA
   
Selected Bibliography
   
2016 'Blindsight', artist's book, published by Gallery Baton, Seoul South Korea, (Winter 2016)
  'Loss of Liberty', Discussion between Rory Prout & David O'Kane, Visual Artists' Newssheet, September/October 2016.
2013 ‘Rätselhafte Geschichten’, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 4 April 2013, NR. 78, page 39. By Katinka Fischer
2012 ‘Starke Bilder, feiner Schmelz’, Mitteldeutsche Zeitiung, 16 October 2012, Günther Kowa
  ‘Das Happy End in der Dauerschleife’, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 6 October 2012, NR. 233, page 35.
  By Andreas Platthaus
  ‘Auswege aus der Schleife’, Leipziger Volkszeitung, 2. October 2012, page 11. By Jens Kassner
  ‘Tafeldienst – Meisterklasse Neo Rauch’, Kunsthalle der Sparkasse, Leipzig.
  With texts by Neo Rauch and interviews by Constanze Treuner
2011 ‘Zum Gebrauch des Delphins – Meisterklasse Neo Rauch’,Städische Galerie, Wurzen.
  With texts by Meinhard Michael and Dr. Sabine Jung.
  'The Oxford American', Conway, Arkansas, U.S.A.
  'Essay Magazine', Studio Ahira, London, England
2010 ‘Der Ehemalige Norden – Meisterklasse Neo Rauch”, with texts by Clemens Meyer and Neo Rauch,
  Designed by Maria Magdalena Koehn, Salon Verlag, Berlin
  ‘Doppelgänger’, catalogue of work by David O’Kane with texts by Martin Germann and Francis McKee,
  Designed by Jamie Murphy, Fjord, Ireland
2009 'Claremorris Open Exhibition Catalogue', Ireland
  ‘Werkschau 2009’, 125th SPINNEREI anniversary Catalogue , Leipzig, Germany
  'Spinnerei Report 2009', Leipzig, Germany
  'eva International Exhibition Catalogue', e v+a, Limerick, Ireland
2008 'Claremorris Open Exhibition Catalogue', Ireland
  Exhibition Catalogue for the 1st Montijo International Plastic Arts Biennial, Portugal
  'Leipzig International Art Programme', Documentary (Broadcast in Germany)
  'eva International Exhibition Catalogue', e v+a, Limerick, Ireland
  'Utopias and Other Lands in Limerick', The Irish Times, 19 March 2008, , Dublin, Ireland, Aidan Dunne
2007 'Generating New Perspectives', Visual Artists Newsletter, November 2007, David O’Kane
  'Experiments with the symbolic power of nature', The Irish Times, 20 June 2007, Aidan Dunne
  ‘Fear Not’, Iontas Catalogue Sligo Art Galley, Ireland
  'New-media art: An Irish context', CIRCA 120, Summer 2007 , Dublin, Ireland, Paul O’Brien
  'CAP Foundation Catalogue', Dublin, Ireland, Interview by Luke Clancy
2006 'Royal Dublin Society Student Art Awards Catalogue', Dublin, Ireland
  'Students pile the metaphors high', The Irish Times. 9 June 2006, , Dublin, Ireland, Aidan Dunne
  'Academic or just old-fashioned', Sunday Tribune, 4 June 2006, , Dublin, Ireland, Eimear McKeith
  'Portraits of the artists', The Irish Times, 1 June 2006, Dublin, Ireland, Aidan Dunne
  'RHA Prize giving ceremony', Donegal Democrat, 1 June 2006, Ireland
  'Royal Hibernian Academy 176th Annual Exhibition Catalogue', Dublin, Ireland
  Dagblad van het Noorden, 27 February, Groningen, The Netherlands, Eric Nederkoorn
2005 'New Irish Painting', Exhibition Catalogue, Derry, Northern Ireland with text by Robert Armstrong
  'Royal Dublin Society Student Art Awards Catalogue', Dublin, Ireland
2004 ‘Depict! 2004’, Brief Encounters Promotional Dvd
  'Royal Dublin Society Student Art Awards Catalogue', Dublin, Ireland
  'Royal Hibernian Academy 174th Annual Exhibition Catalogue', Dublin, Ireland
2003 Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung, 12 August 2003, Dorothee Baer-Bogenschütz
  'Can Artists', Hot-press. Vol. 27, No. 22, 19 November 2003, Maurice O’Brien