Mike O’Kane- Art

mike.okane   @   hispeak.   co.    nz  (remove the spaces)


Here’s something you might try-

When entering text, my smart phone ‘predicts’ what I might want to say next, with three word options. 

Choose one word if it somehow relates to the preceding one, and offers a random way forwards in a self-revealing narrative.

Reminds me of the Surrealist ‘Consequences’ game, or maybe erasure poetry.



I’m moving on old stocks of HiSpeak (click here for device description.) So get in touch, and probably I will just charge the cost of shipping, packaging and handling.

for use with life-sustaining respiratory masks







I’ve added a new menu item, Hotere Garden Oputae. Following the winding up of the Otago Sculpture Trust and website, this was one of the informative sections well worth keeping available for public access.


And all the Best for 2021



railways, a real train



August 2020.  contemplating Covid




July 2020.  On The Beach. Anticipating the next wave



June 2020,  back from Australia due to covid;,  frost patterns on our balustrade a compensation


Ongoing exhibition at Fairmaid Chance and Crawford Dunedin; includes descriptions and prices. All welcome



April 2020. Location- The Royal mail Hotel at Braidwood  New South Wales. This definitely represents a bygone age.  especially with this pandemic. The pub would’ve been a magnet on a hot day.


1 March 2020– Reconciliation Place Canberra, extends parallel to lake Burley Griffin from The National library of Australia to the National Portrait Gallery,  on an avenue close to 800 metres long.  The area includes large scale sculptural works of engraved standing stones,  and other more contemporary expressions in metals and glass. These represent ancient traditional practices and beliefs, and visual reflections on the interactions between the Aboriginal and colonial peoples who came to Australia.

Here’s a detail from one of the public art works in Reconciliation Place  Canberra. Fire and Water by Judy Watson.

13 Feb 2020– Retirement/sabbatical/holiday refresher continues here in Canberra. dabbling in acrylics as a way to getting more hands on with the Australian palette of natural colours

7 Feb 2020– One month since our return to Canberra. Always like it here. A haven for cyclists (us) again. Network of paved bike/walk pathways…..

Jan 2020 Flew into Canberra ACT. Heat and bushfires and smoke all around the state and neighbouring New South Wales. So much loss of wildlife and habitat.  Then a hailstorm which tore through the leaves of wonderful  Canberran trees, (and also damaged 37,000 cars).


Terra Nullius, 2018, as Autumn approaches in the nation’s capital.
HiSpeak communications for respiratory masks
From the Warlike series,  ‘White Fella’  2018 image, detail.


An artist and the inventor of HiSpeak the communications device pictured at left.


Mike usually lives in New Zealand and graduated with a Fine Arts Degree and the Sculpture Prize in 1997.

His work over the last decade or so has evolved into photographically creating seemingly plausible truths; proposing new possibilities for the toys and models of childhood play. More recently it has involved constructing and painting plastic kitsets with a war theme; a guilty pleasure revisited.

–  For full screen view, click on images.

Mike has a number of works in public and private collections in New Zealand and in private collections in Australia.

Comments and feedback– email details on Contacts page.

Exhibitions;  recent and upcoming.

•Image galleries:  Sculptures, CarsTrains & Warlike    [click on category]

James Dignan’s perspective on Mike’s work with toys.

•Mike’s sculpture meets science head on-  a conversation with neuroscientist Brian Hyland;   https://corpus.nz/concerning-anxiety-art-meets-neuroscience/

Fringe Festival Billboard project  

•Audio project- Disentangling and resurrecting discarded bits of audio cassette tape life.


Billboard 60 Special. 2012.


On the set