"Blackheath, Day to Night" painting by Noel McKenna. Purchased from Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney 2002.
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 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 will be exhibiting art Art Basel, Miami with Mothers Tankstation later in 2015.
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.