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Noel Mc Kenna

(1956 )
MC KENNA Noel Man With Horse

Bonhams
Nov 14, 2018
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Noel Mc Kenna - The Home Of John Hand

Noel Mc Kenna - The Home Of John Hand

Original 2000
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Lot number: 10
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Noel Mc Kenna (b. 1956) * The Home of John Hand, 2000 enamel on three plywood panels (triptych), (i) signed and dated u.r.c. 'N. Mc Kenna '00' (ii) signed and dated l.r.c. 'N. Mc Kenna '00' (iii) signed and dated l.r.c. 'N. Mc Kenna '00' (i) 53.5 x 51.5 cm; (ii) 53.5 x 51.5 cm; (iii) 50 x 55 cm Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Deutscher and Hackett, Important Australian + International Fine Art Auction, Sydney, 27/08/2014, Lot No. 64, Corporate Collection, Sydney
Noel Mc Kenna - Man With Horse

Noel Mc Kenna - Man With Horse

Original 1986
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Lot number: 74
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Noel Mc Kenna (born 1956) Man with Horse, 1986 signed and dated lower left: 'N Mckenna 86' pencil, charcoal, wash and oil on paper 29.0 x 38.5cm (11 7/16 x 15 3/16in). Footnotes PROVENANCE Niagara Galleries, Melbourne Private collection, Sydney, acquired from the above in 1989 EXHIBITED A Horse Show, Heide Park and Art Gallery, Melbourne, 1988, cat. 18 (illus., in exhibition catalogue)
Noel Mc Kenna - Two Islands

Noel Mc Kenna - Two Islands

Original 1988
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Noel Mc Kenna (born 1956) Two Islands, 1988 oil on wood 23.5 x 29.0cm (9 1/4 x 11 7/16in). Footnotes PROVENANCE Garry Anderson Gallery, Sydney The Collection of the Late Michael Hobbs OAM, Sydney, acquired from the above in 1988 EXHIBITED Noel Mc Kenna, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, 15 June - 2 July 1988, cat. 6 (label attached verso) Noel Mc Kenna, Garry Anderson Gallery, Sydney, 1988, cat. 3
Noel Mc Kenna -   Bicycle With Rider On Path Through Forest

Noel Mc Kenna - Bicycle With Rider On Path Through Forest

Original 2004
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Lot number: 79
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NOEL Mc KENNA , born 1956 , BICYCLE WITH RIDER ON PATH THROUGH FOREST, 2004, enamel on plywood in artist’s handmade frame SIGNED: signed and dated lower left: N Mc Kenna 04 signed, dated and inscribed with title verso: “Bicycle with rider on path through Forest” / N. Mc Kenna ‘ 04 / … DIMENSIONS: 32.0 x 39.0 cm PROVENANCE: GAG Projects, Greenaway Gallery, Adelaide Private collection, Sydney, acquired from the above in February 2005 EXHIBITED: Noel Mc Kenna, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, 4 – 27 March 2005 (illus. cover of exhibition catalogue) ESSAY: Noel Mc Kenna lives and works in Sydney SELECTED COLLECTIONS Artbank, Sydney Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide Chartwell Collection, Auckland, New Zealand Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria National Gallery of Australia, Canberra National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne New South Wales Parliament House, Sydney Parliament House, Canberra Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane State Library of Queensland, Brisbane Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart REPRESENTED BY Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney Niagara Galleries, Melbourne Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Noel Mc Kenna -  48 Tallies (birthday Still Life)

Noel Mc Kenna - 48 Tallies (birthday Still Life)

Original 2004
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Lot number: 38
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Description: NOEL Mc KENNA, born 1956, 48 TALLIES (BIRTHDAY STILL LIFE), 2004, synthetic polymer paint on board in artist\’s hand-made frame SIGNED: signed and dated upper left: NMc KENNA04 DIMENSIONS: 30.0 x 89.0 cm PROVENANCE: Heiser Gallery, Brisbane (labels attached verso) Private collection, New South Wales EXHIBITED: Noel Mc Kenna - Australia II including The Queensland Room, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, 31 August – 2 October 2004, cat. 24 (illus. in exhibition catalogue) Snap Freeze: Still Life Now, Tarra Warra Museum of Art, Victoria, 20 May – 11 November 2007 (illus. in exhibition catalogue) Still Life 1930s – present, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland, 14 February – 29 March 2009 ESSAY: Noel Mc Kenna occupies a unique position in the Australian art scene. Not only does he enjoy wide recognition from institutional curators, private buyers and critics alike, but his work is so individual in style that he occupies a niche entirely his own. He is a quiet observer of everyday life; his subjects over the years have explored the points where high art meets the commonplace. The horse races, football, popular culture, statistics or sacred cows are the substance of Mc Kenna\’s work. His popular series of paintings based on Australian landmark big things, which featured the Big Banana, the Big Prawn, the Big Pineapple etc., illustrates this point. The paradox is that while his images are painted in a deadpan, quasi-naïve manner, the works are underpinned by a complex conceptual basis. 48 Tallies (Birthday Still Life), 2004, was exhibited at Sydney\’s Darren Knight Gallery in Australia II including the Queensland Room, in 2004. Noel Mc Kenna is a Queenslander and the exhibition had a Queensland theme. In 2004, Noel Mc Kenna turned forty eight, so we can assume that the birthday referred to in the title was his own. \‘Tallies\’ is the vernacular name Queenslanders use for 750ml beer bottles known elsewhere as \‘long necks\’. At first the 48 tallies appear as they would the morning after the night before, still, empty, and arranged as they were left by the drinkers. On the other hand, their placement may reflect the birthday event in detail, the bottles are upright – the party was orderly. The guests mingle in groups; the bottle labels take on the role of faces as the guests converse and totter. The bottles are perhaps imbued with the personalities of the guests; one noticeably stands perilously close to the edge of the table. A further work included in the 2004 exhibition that points to Mc Kenna\’s appreciation of folk art and the importance of everyday materials was the hanging flyscreen. Mc Kenna made the screen in the Queensland tradition by hanging dozens of XXXX beer bottle tops on strings. Queenslanders create these homemade flyscreens by way of a useful pastime while sitting around drinking tallies on the veranda during hot Queensland evenings. The artist hung this \‘artwork\’ across an internal doorway at the Darren Knight Gallery during the exhibition and in doing so, demonstrated his laconic wit while elevating this example of folk art to the level of serious high art. Mc Kenna\’s influences are many and his forensic understanding of Australian art history and artists inform his work. Sidney Nolan and John Brack are two artists whose influence is apparent in 48 Tallies, 2004; Nolan\’s matter of fact application of paint is complemented by John Brack\’s formal analysis and arrangement of the composition. Humble and yet complex, Mc Kenna\’s paintings maintain their broad appeal through the familiarity of their everyday subjects. His images speak directly to each viewer in the unique context of their own experience. The apparent simplicity of Mc Kenna\’s work can evoke the common refrain \‘my kids could do that\’, but the truth is that they couldn\’t, althoug
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