Will O’Kane lives and works in Ennis, County Clare. Known primarily as a maker of paintings, his work charts directions between intentional content and unconscious processes. A healthy scepticism towards notions of beauty, especially with regard to paintings’ function as a cultural product is often maintained. He studied painting at GMIT. He has exhibited throughout Ireland, including at the Ballina Arts Centre, Damer House Gallery, Ormston House, 126, COE, the RHA, Courthouse Ennistymon, and The Linenhall.
About the painting:
Historically, a plant originally thought to be native to Syria by western plantsmen. Actually native to Korea.
Painted in this case as a metaphor, of general external forces that shape representations of Syria.
Will O'Kane. Hibiscus Syriacus. Oil on Paper. 45 x 40cm