“Eamon O’Kane’s recent work might be described as “half history, half something else”. A whirlwind series of exhibitions called Case Histories has already been to Rugby, Berlin, New York and London, and now touches down in two Bristol locations.
O’Kane informs us that in 1689 King James II had a meal under a sycamore tree in what is now the garden of the artist’s parents. At Plan 9 Gallery, design history and personal mythology are deliberately confused, as the artist transforms the space into a workshop for recreating a set of replica chairs so that the meal can be restaged. At the quayside meanwhile there’s O’Kane’s Container Studio – a shipping container in which the artist exhibits drawings of Bristol’s town planning history unfaithfully remixed with Le Corbusier’s plans for Paris. The result is a vision for an unrealised Bristolian utopia.”– Laura McLean-Ferris, guardian.co.uk, 16 January 2009
Eamon O’Kane has exhibited widely and is the recipient of many awards and scholarships including the Taylor Art Award, The Tony O’Malley Award and a Fulbright Award.
He has shown in exhibitions curated by Dan Cameron, Lynne Cooke, Klaus Ottman, Salah M. Hassan, Jeremy Millar, Mike Fitzpatrick, Sarah Pierce, Jeanne Greenberg-Rohatyn, Angelika Nollert, Yilmaz Dziewior and Apinan Poshyananda.
He has taken part in EV+A, Limerick, Ireland seven times including 2005 when he received an EV+A open award from Dan Cameron. In 2006 he was shortlisted for the AIB Prize and received a Pollock Krasner foundation grant. O’Kane has had over forty solo exhibitions including shows in Berlin, Frankfurt, Dublin, Zurich, New York, London and Copenhagen.
He was short-listed for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in London in 2007. His artwork is in numerous public and private collections worldwide including Deutsche Bank; Burda Museum, Baden Baden, Germany; Sammlung Südhausbau, Munich; Limerick City Gallery; FORTIS; DUBLIN 98FM Radio Station; Microsoft; Bank of Ireland Collection; Irish Contemporary Arts Society; Country Bank, New York; Office of Public Works; P.M.P.A. and Guardian Insurance; Donegal County Library; UNIBANK, Denmark; NKT Denmark; HK, Denmark; Den Danske Bank, Denmark; Sammlung Strack, Cologne, Germany; Letterkenny Institute of Technology; University Of Ulster, Belfast; Sammlung Winzer, Coburg, Germany; British American Tobacco, Bayreuth, Germany; Aspen RE, London; Rugby Art Gallery and Museum Collection. Eamon has had residencies at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris and The British School in Rome.
O’Kane is Professor of Visual Art and Painting at Bergen Academy of the Art and Design, Norway www.khib.no