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Elizabeth O'Kane

Elizabeth O'Kane is a sculptor and painter working in Dublin. Her work is figurative and realist in style. She is especially interested in anatomy, portraiture and movement, and in capturing the sitter's personality and expression.

OíKane makes work for public, corporate and private collections. She has been awarded several large sculpture commissions, including six foot bronze sculpture of Irish tenor, Count John McCormack, in Dublinís Iveagh Gardens; a life size sculpture of champion Irish greyhound, Mick the Miller (unveiled in January 2011 by An Taoiseach Brian Cowan), in Killeigh, Co. Offaly; and a bronze heron in Jordanstown Loughshore Park, commissioned by Newtownabbey Borough Council. Her bronze bust of Irish rugby legend, Dr. Syd Miller, was purchased by both the International Rugby Board and the Irish Rugby Football Union.

OíKane exhibits regularly with the Royal Ulster and Royal Hibernian Academies of Art and with the Society of Portrait Sculptors in England. In 2007 she won the Conor Moran Sculpture Prize at the RHA Annual Exhibition.

OíKane has lectured in portrait sculpture at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, and to the Friends of The National Gallery of Ireland. Originally a translator by profession, as an artist she is mainly self-taught. She has a Diploma in the History of European Painting from University College Dublin and has taken part time studies in figurative sculpture at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy.

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