David O’Kane(b.1985) is an Irish artist based in Europe and he has gained international recognition as a representative painter of the next generation by presenting a creative practice originated from figurative paintings. Though he deals with a wide range of media such as paintings, photography, animation, films and drawings, his signature pieces are epic and dreamlike paintings embodied through realistic techniques.
O’Kane digs into unrealistic phenomena which exist in fragments in human’s consciousness: afterimages of dreams: recollections of certain movies: narratives irregularly mixed in one’s imagination. On the one hand, this mysterious universe that he creates can be predicted, but on the other, it actually is disengaged from a reality when you take a close look. He repeats redeploying figures with stories and historical-periodic settings onto his enigmatic picture plane composed of intense colours and expression. Consequently, it draws spectators into a situation which they do not generally experience. Especially the painting series operates as an orchestra of images allowing the viewers to speculate about the next scene, as if they watched an array of animation cuts. Although his objects hold each name, role and purpose, they do not directly offer a clue of what is happening at the instant caught in the painting, or what was happened and what will happen.
It is worth noticing that O’Kane adopts fascinating narratives exceeding imaginations as his subject matter and demonstrates brush strokes retaining pictorial properties and realistic techniques.
Besides, he shows a significant value and potential as he has established his authentic artistic style, despite his young age. Through a variety of new works presented in this exhibition, an audience would indulge in the unfolded world intersecting the realms between reality seen as make-believe and falsehood looked like truth.
David O’Kane studied under Neo Rauch(b.1960), a leader of ‘New Leipzig School(NLS)’, for five years at Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig. He proved his artistic talent by winning the Golden Fleece Award, one of the prestigious Irish art prizes. Currently, O’Kane is actively presenting his works in multiple exhibitions all over the world.
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