Noel McKenna

McKenna’s works “depict the noble poetry of the everyday.” Glenn Barkley

“Noel McKenna has an eye for the seemingly banal yet incredibly loaded and poetic moment.” Dan Rule

Noel McKenna works in a variety of media, including oil, enamel and watercolour, lithography and etching, ceramic and metal. He produces offbeat depictions of everyday scenes, often including displaced objects, people and animals. His spare canvases hint at narratives beyond the picture plane, often movingly depicting the relationship between humans and animals.

Noel McKenna won the 2015 Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize and was a finalist in the 2016, 2015 & 2014 Sir John Sulman Prizes, as well as a finalist in the 2014 Wynne Prize. McKenna won the Sir John Sulman Prize in 1994 and has been awarded the Trustees Watercolour Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales five times since 1997. He has also won the Melbourne Savage Club Prize for Painting and the Mosman Prize. Noel McKenna exhibited at Art Basel, Miami with Mothers Tankstation in 2015 and with the private gallery Ten Cubed, Melbourne in 2016. Noel McKenna completed a residency at The Watermill Center, Watermill, NY, USA in 2016 which culminated in the exhibition Cats that I have known.

Born in Brisbane, Queensland in 1956, Noel studied architecture at Queensland University in 1974 and 1975. He continued his education at Brisbane College of Art from 1976 to 1978 and then at Alexander Mackie College, Sydney in 1981. Since then he has exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas, holding solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Hobart, as well as Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Ireland and New Zealand. His work is held in all major state and regional galleries, and important public and corporate collections throughout Australia and overseas. Noel McKenna currently lives and works in Sydney.

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Noel McKenna, Quiet room, 2013, oil on canvas, 160 x 160cm, 15481

Quiet room, 2013
oil on canvas
160 x 160cm

Selected Stock

Noel McKenna
Dog leaning over fence, 2017
oil on canvas
100 x 100cm

Noel McKenna
Out of forest, 2015
oil on canvas
160 x 160cm

Noel McKenna
Round things on a table, 2017
enamel on plate
21 x 21cm

Noel Mckenna
Bowl, Octopus (3), 2013
hand-built earthenware
6.5 x 12 x 12cm

Noel McKenna
Max at table, 2015
7 of 9
39.5 x 39.5cm

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