David O’Kane studied from 2007 until 2012 in Leipzig under professor Neo Rauch at the Hochschule für Grafik Buchkunst (Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig). He received a Diplom Degree (with distinction) in 2009 and a Meisterschüler Degree in 2012. He received an extended DAAD Scholarship for his studies in Germany. He also holds a 1st Class Joint-Honours Degree in Fine Art from NCAD in Dublin (2006).
O’Kane has won numerous awards, scholarships and residencies. In 2013 and this year he was shortlisted for 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 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.
In 2014 O’Kane will have solo shows at Gallery Baton in South Korea (June) and at the Josef Filipp Gallery in Leipzig (September).
He will begin a long-term residency (2 years and 9 months) at the Fire Station Artists' Studios in Dublin, Ireland in August 2014.