McKenna is an Australian artist who delights in finding the strangeness of the everyday. His seemingly simple depictions of people and animals have a moving quality and encourage us to linger over them, wondering about may happen next. McKenna comments 'I am a close observer of cats and dogs, especially in my urban environment.....A lot of works I do people think are funny, but I don't'. (quote courtesy of Niagara Galleries).
Noel McKenna has exhibited extensively, holding solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Hobart, as well as in Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Ireland and New Zealand. Recent exhibitions include Noel McKenna: Landscape – Mapped at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2017) and Cats that I Have Known at The Watermill Center, New York (2016). South of No North (with Laurence Aberhart and William Eggleston) Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2013). 'Snow is Dead' is his most recent solo exhibition with Niagara Galleries in Melbourne. Noel McKenna is a finalist in the 2021 Dobell Drawing Prize in addition to numerous other Australian awards. His work is held in all major Australian state and regional galleries, and important public and corporate collections throughout Australia and overseas.
“Noel McKenna has an eye for the seemingly banal yet incredibly loaded and poetic moment.” Dan Rule, The Age, 2013
Noel lives and works in Sydney. We thank him for the kind donation of this lithograph for the SPCA fundraiser.