Artist Eamon O’Kane is Professor of Visual Art at Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway and has had over forty international solo exhibitions. His artwork hangs in numerous public and private collections worldwide including Deutsche Bank, Microsoft and Bank of Ireland Collection.
His paintings have focused on classic examples of modern architecture, including the Eames House, while his more recent work includes installations like the Eames Studio Limerick and Froebel Studio: A History of Play (pictured below). This installation, with its playroom quality, was inspired in part by the fact that Eames, as well as Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, and Piet Mondrian, were educated using the Froebel method of teaching with blocks and shapes.
Here O’Kane describes his live/work studio in a wonderful abandoned plant nursery in Denmark.
The place is situated in the countryside just outside Odense in Denmark and the dilapidated buildings are working well as studios. At my disposal are an old furnace room, a staff canteen, a packing building, garages and a warehouse in addition to 14 greenhouses.
Becoming a parent opened my eyes up to not only my parents’ influence on us as children (they are both artists and three of my five siblings are also artists, one is a curator) but also how life and art and striking a balance is a continual process and should be approached as such.