A Modest Proposal

25th February – 10th June 2017 at Cavanacor Gallery

23rd March – 13th April 2017 at Josef Filipp Galerie

2017 marks the 350th anniversary of Jonathan Swift's birth in 1667. 'A Modest Proposal' celebrates this anniversary with solo exhibitions by David O'Kane at Cavanacor Gallery in Donegal, Ireland and at the Josef Filipp Galerie in Leipzig, Germany.
The artwork is inspired by the infamous essay, 'A Modest Proposal' 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. All of the lithographs will be included in a special limited edition large scale book. Printed with the expert assistance of Mick Timmins at Independent Editions Jessica Traynor has supplied nine new poems in response to the original text. To read John O'Sullivan's review in the Sunday Times Culture magazine please select this link

The Glass Harmonica

1st December 2016 – 7th January 2017

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

Imagination Dead Imagine

22nd October 2016 – 10th December 2016

Opening at the Salon of the KulturGut Hirtscheid, Germany 7pm, 22nd of October. Musical Accompaniment grossARTIG quartet from Nistertal. The exhibition continues until the 10th of December 2016. An exhibition of 'Imagination Dead Imagine', a special commemorative 50th anniversary portfolio celebrating Samuel Beckett's wonderful short story by Jamie Murphy and David O'Kane, & other diverse graphic works by David O'Kane

On Paper

September 2016 – October 2016

SO Fine presents 'on paper' featuring the works of 10 contemporary artists including Michael Canning, Blaise Drummond, Richard Gorman, John Graham, Stephen Lawlor, Hughie O'Donoghue, David O'Kane, Maurice Quillinan, Barbara Rae, Laurence Riddell, Donald Teskey and Samuel Walsh.

Loss of Liberty

September 2016 – October 2016

Article in the Visual Artists' Newssheet. Rory Prout talks to David O'Kane about his experience of the Arba Minch Prison Art Project in Ethiopia, which Prout established in 2015.

The Shadow on the Wall

1st April 2016 – 5th October 2016

An exhibition of painting, drawing, lithography, photography and video by Edward O'Kane and David O'Kane at Cavanacor Gallery to commemorating the 50th anniversary of Flann O'Brien's/Brian O'Nolan's death on April Fool's Day 1966.

David O'Kane created a special edition lithograph (pictured above) for the anniversary exhibition. The lithograph is based on images taken at Brian O'Nolan's birthplace in Strabane, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. The lithograph is in an edition of of 30 copies with a page format of 38 cm x 49,5 cm. It was produced in Leipzig at the Stein_Werk lithography studio. It is available for sale from Cavanacor Gallery.

COE '16 New Century Retro - A Selection of COE Prize-winners

17th September 2016 – 1st October 2016

Curated by Helen O'Donoghue Senior Curator, Head of Engagement and Learning Programmes,IMMA.

The exhibition was officially opened by Dr. Eimear O'Connor
on Saturday 17th September at 7.45pm in the Town Hall Gallery, Chapel Lane, Claremorris.
Preview 6.45pm - 7.45pm

Aideen Barry, Jenny Brady, Cecilia Danell, Lisa Fingleton, Michael Fortune, Maggie Madden, Selma Makela,
Paul McKinley, Fionna Murray, Vukasin Nedeljkovic, Lorraine Neeson, David O'Kane, Ruby Wallis

Summer Show at SO Fine Art Editions

10th August 2016 – 23rd September 2016

Group exhibition featuring artwork by Yoko Akino, Jean Bardon, Ailbhe Barrett, Neil Dunne, Melissa Ellis, Mary A. Fitzgerald, Niamh Flanagan, Matthew Gammon, Jonathan Hunter, Stephen Lawlor, Daniel Lipstein, Bob Lynn, Sabina Mac Mahon, Kate MacDonagh, Bernadette Madden, Kelvin Mann, Susan Mannion, Nicola Morrin, Ciara O’Brien, Ruth O’Donnell, Sorca O’Farrell, David O’Kane, Eileen O’Sullivan, Alison Pilkington, Nancy Previs, Maurice Quillinan, Aoife Scott, Vincent Sheridan, Aaron Symth and Martha Wakula-Mac

Residency Exchange to ACME Studios, London

2nd July 2016 – 15th August 2016

Residency exhange between Fire Station Artists' Studios, Dublin to ACME Studios, London, UK

Impressions Book Art Exhibition

11th – 26th July 2016

'Imagination Dead Imagine' was exhibited at the Impressions Book Art exhibtion. The opening took place on the 8th of July at the Centre for Creative Arts and Media at GMIT. The guest speaker was professor David Ferry.

186th Annual Exhibition at the Royal Hibernian Academy

22nd March 2016 – 11th June 2016

'The Acuity of Blindness III', 150 x 100 cm, oil on canvas, 2015 was exhibited at the 186th Annual Exhibition, The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland

Residency in Ethiopia

1st March 2016 – 23rd March 2016

Residency at the Irish Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The previous participants in this residency were Ramon Kassam and Rory Prout.

The Acuity of Blindness

16th January 2016 – 27th February 2016

A solo exhibition of painting and animation at the Josef Filipp Galerie, Leipzig.

Far from Me

16th January 2016 – 27th February 2016

A group exhibition of painting by Seth Armstrong, Sebastian Boulter, Colin Martin, Carol Anne McGowan and Rebecca Partridge curated by David O'Kane at the Josef Filipp Galerie, Leipzig.

Positions Art Fair 2015

17th — 20th September 2015

The Josef Filipp Galerie presented artwork by Matias Bechtold, Wolfgang Ellenrieder, Alexander König, David O'Kane and Eamon O'Kane at Stand B03 for the Positions Art Fair 2015 Arena Berlin, Eichenstraße 4, 12435 Berlin.

'Metamorphoses' – The III International Flann O'Brien Conference

16th — 19th September 2015

The III International Flann O'Brien Conference took place at Charles University in Prague. The poster for the conference was created by David O'Kane.

Launch of 'Imagination Dead Imagine' Website

31st August 2015

To document the production of the 'Imagination Dead Imagine' portfolio Jamie Murphy has designed a stand alone website detailing the development of the project. Images of the final portfolio and documentation of the project's development can be viewed on the following website:

'Imagination Dead Imagine' – Limited Edition Letterpress and Lithograpy Portfolio Launch

10th August 2015

This new edition of loose sheets celebrates the 50th anniversary of the original publishing of 'Imagination Dead Imagine' by Samuel Beckett in 1965. The project is a collaboration between typographic designer Jamie Murphy & visual artist David O'Kane. The work is introduced with an essay by renowned Beckett scholar Stanley E. Gontarski. The launch took place on the 10th of August in the Long Room Library at Trinity College. The launch was accompanied by a special reading of Samuel Beckett's short story by renowned Irish actor Stephen Brennan.

'The Liminal Space'

July – August 2015

An group exhibition by Carol Anne McGowan, David O'Kane and Eamon O'Kane at Gallery Baton, Seoul, South Korea.


April – June 2015

An exhibition of painting, sculpture and installations curated by Koen van den Broek. Featuring Artwork by David O'Kane, Cindy Wright, Wim van der Celen, Gommar Gilliams, Daan Gielis, Katrien Claes and Peter Weidenbaum at Gallery Eastmen, Hasselt, Belgium.


'Continuum – Repetition & Difference'

September 2014 – November 2014

A solo exhibition of painting, animation and lithography at the Josef Filipp Galerie for the Galerie-Rundgang of the Spinnerei Galleries in Leipzig, Germany.


Fire Station Artists' Studios

1st October 2014 – 1st August 2017

Selected for long-term residency (2 years and 9 months) at the Fire Station Artists' Studios.


'The Zoetrope – Repetition & Difference'

June 2014 – August 2014

A solo exhibition of artwork at Gallery Baton in Seoul, South Korea.


'Xmas in February'

12th March — 12th April 2014

A group exhibition of artwork at the Josef Filipp Galerie in Leipzig, Germany.


Golden Fleece Award

4th March 2014

David O'Kane has won the prestigious Golden Fleece Award. The award ceremony took place on the 4th of March 2014. Merit Prizes were won by Emma Bourke and Claire Muckian. Sarah Gillespie, Carol Hodder and Siobhan McDonald were also all shortlisted for the award.


Golden Fleece Award

4th March 2014

Shortlisted for the Golden Fleece Award. To be announced on the 4th of March 2014.


Group Exhibition

30th January — 26th April 2014

'Multiple Times'
A group exhibition of artwork at Campoi Gallery in Munich, Germany.


Group Exhibition

25th January - 28th February 2014

'Open Your Eyes'
A group exhibition of artwork at Galerie Maïa Muller in Paris France.


Group Exhibition

15th — 30th November 2013

'pilot projekt_'
A group exhibition of artwork at Hansaallee 159 in Düsseldorf, Germany.


Art Fair

3rd – 7th October 2013

KIAF with Gallery Baton

1F Hall A&B, Coex, Seoul / Hall B-17, Gallery Baton


100 Painters of Tomorrow

26th June 2013

Shortlisted for the '100 Painters of Tomorrow', Thames and Hudson Book initiated by Kurt Beers

1F Hall A&B, Coex, Seoul / Hall B-17, Gallery Baton


Lithography Calender


Steinwerk Lithography Calender 2014

Markus Liehr, Martin Galle, Corinne von Lebusa, Kathrin Thiele, Titus Schade, David O`Kane, Jochen Plogsties

Sebastian Gögel, Robert Seidel, Kristina Schuldt, Sebastian Nebe und Malte Masemann.