Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

From Beckett to bars, Anthony O'Kane's debut exhibition at John Hewitt

Breaker by Anthony O'Kane
Causeway Headland by Anthony O'Kane
Valley (Blue Stack Mountains) Donegal by Anthony O'Kane

Belfast artist Anthony O'Kane will be staging the first exhibition of his work at the John Hewitt Bar in Donegall Street later this month.

Anthony, whose father Joe is a well-known local artist, will be showing almost 20 of his paintings at the popular pub from next Monday, February 7 until February 26.

The exhibition will feature paintings of many well-known city centre landmarks including St George's Market and Robinson's Bar along with a variety of landscapes and skyscapes.

Anthony explained: "If I've been painting for as long as I can remember but I don't think I'd have taken an interest in art if it wasn't for my father's influence. As with myself, he was completely self-taught - although I'm not sure where it came from originally as my father's family was steeped head and ears in boxing!

"For many years I never had the time to concentrate on my art work but recently I've taken some time out from other commitments to work on the paintings and I've found it a thoroughly enjoyable and personally rewarding experience."

Anyone who views the exhibition and wants to find out more about Anthony and his work can email him at

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