Noel McKenna

1956

Born Brisbane, Australia
Lives Sydney

 

EDUCATION

1974-75

Architecture, University of Queensland


1976-78

Brisbane College of Art, Brisbane


1981

Alexander Mackie College, Sydney

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011

Noel McKenna – All That Heaven Allows, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide

Noel McKenna – homes 4 sale nz, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

Noel McKenna – Works on Paper, Michael Reid at Murrurundi, NSW

2010

Noel McKenna, Michael Reid at Murrurundi, NSW.

Noel McKenna – 29 centremeters closer, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand

2009

News of the swimmer reaches shore, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

Google Series, Men Smoking Pipes, Autumn, Men Fishing, Cats etc., Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide

2008

Northland, mother’s tankstation, Dublin, Ireland
The Weekly Bus-Rail Ticket: The Return Journey, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney
The Weekly Bus-Rail Ticket: Noel McKenna, National Art School Gallery, Sydney

2007
The democratic potter, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

2006
From Watsons Bay to Waterloo, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2005
Merrylands, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, Australia
Somewhere in the City, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia
Ceramics 1993-2005, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Noel McKenna, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, Australia

2004
Australia II including The Queensland Room, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Noel McKenna: Animal Works 1977-2003, touring exhibition, including St. George Regional Museum, Sydney, Australia

2003
Australia, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, Australia
Recent work 2003, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
2003 Hermans Art Award, Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2002
Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2001
Found and Lost, Niagra Galleries, Melbourne
Hong Kong, John Batten Gallery, Hong Kong
SMH Watercolours, 1997-2001, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney
Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, Australia

2000
Southland, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia

1999
Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, Australia

1998
Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Bowen Galleries, Wellington, New Zealand

1997
Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, Australia
Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, Australia

1996
Roslyn Oxley9, Sydney, Australia
Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, Australia

1995
Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, Australia

1994
Roslyn Oxley9, Sydney, Australia
Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, Australia
Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart, Australia

1993
Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, Australia

1992
Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart, Australia
Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, Australia
ARS Multiplicata, Sydney, Australia

1991
12 Sturt Street, Sydney, Australia
Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, Australia

1985
Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, Australia
Garry Anderson Gallery, Sydney, Australia

1983
Garry Anderson Gallery, Sydney, Australia

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2010

Fully Booked, Arts Project Australia, Melbourne

Basil Sellers Art Prize 2010, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne

The Ipswich House, Ipswich Art Gallery, Queensland

2009

New Australian Art, Deloitte, Sydney

Twelve Degrees of Latitude, Regional Gallery and University Art Collections in Queensland, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, QLD

Minding Animals, John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle, NSW

the non-grand, an exploration of intimacy in contemporary art, Wollongong City Art Gallery, Wollongong, Australia.

avoiding myth & message: Australian artists and the literary world, Museum of  Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

Blue Chip XI, The Collectors’ Exhibition, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, Australia

Darren Knight Gallery at Auckland Art Fair, Auckland, New Zealand

2008
Who let the dogs out – the dog in contemporary Australian art, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery and Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, New South Wales

Look out , Wembley Arena MOP, Sydney, Australia

2007
BloodLines – Art and the Horse, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor, NSW Australia
Snap Freeze: Still Life Now, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, Victoria, Australia
De Overkant/Down Under, Den Haag Sculptuur/The Hague Sculpture, The Hague, The Netherlands
Art + Humor Too, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Life is sweet: contemporary Australian watercolours, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, Victoria, Australia
Artists’ ink: printmaking from the Warrnambool Art Gallery Collection, 1970 - 2001 Warrnambool Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia

2006-2007
Yours, mine and ours: 50 years of ABC TV, Penrith Regional Gallery and the Lewers Bequest, Sydney, Australia
Moist, Australian Watercolours, Araluen Galleries, N.T., Perc Tucker Regional Art Gallery, QLD, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, VIC; Riddoch Gallery, S.A.

2006
2006 The Year in Art, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Getting on Mother’s Nerves, Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin, Ireland

2005
We are all animals, La Trobe University, Bendigo, Australia
MCA Collection: New acquisitions in context, Museum on Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
The Sound of Painting, The Arts Centre, George Adams Gallery, Victoria, Australia
Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
UnAustralian, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Art + Humour, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney

2004
2004 National Works on Paper, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria, Australia.
The Year in Art, S H Ervin Gallery, Sydney, Australia
National Small Sculpture Prize, Woollahra Municipal Council, Sydney, Australia
The Visibility of Practice, National Art School, Sydney
Mind’s Eye, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Sydney
Gambling in Australia: Thrills, Spills and Social Ills, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

2003-2004
Home Sweet Home: Works from the Peter Fay Collection, touring National Gallery of Australia,
Fair Game. Art + Sport, NGV Response Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Sport: More than heroes and legends, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Australia
A Modelled World, McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park, Victoria, Australia

2003
National Sculpture Prize & Exhibition 2003, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
Art & About, College and George Streets, City of Sydney, Australia

2002
The Year in Art, S H Ervin Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Briefcase 50, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Nocturne, images from night and darkness from colonial to contemporary, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria Australia

2001
Black/White & Grey, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney
The Gambling Show, John Batten Gallery, Hong Kong
Wynne Prize for Watercolour, Wynne Prize and Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales
The Melbourne Savage Club Art Prize, Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
A Century of Collecting 1902 –2001, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, Sydney, Australia

2000
Parihaka – The Art of Passive Resistance, The City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Small Tapestries and Works on Paper, Victorian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne, Australia
Pets, Prey & Predators – Introduced Animals in Recent Australian Art, Dubbo Regional Art Gallery, Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, New South Wales, Australia
Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Dobell Drawing Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
The Dog Show, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, Australia
Re/Brand?, Wollongong City Gallery and Wollongong University, Australia

1999-2000
On The Road – The Car in Australian Art, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, Australia

1999
Pets, Prey & Predators – Introduced Animals in Recent Australian Art, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Wynne Prize for Watercolour, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Persuasive Humours, Mosman Region Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia

1997-99
Cartoons and Caricature in Contemporary Art, touring exhibition, Geelong Art Gallery, Hamilton Art Gallery, Waverley City Gallery,
Gippsland Art Gallery, Mornington Peninsula Art Gallery, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Australia

1998
Metamorphosis, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington, Australia
Australian Contemporary Art, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Sulman Prize, Wynne Prize and Watercolour Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia

1997
A face in the crowd, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia

1995
Muswellbrook Acquisitive Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Gallery, Australia

1994
Sulman Prize and Dobell Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Paint on the tracks, Australian artists and the railway, S.H.Ervin Gallery, Sydney, Australia

1993
Death, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, Australia
On the other hand, S.H.Ervin Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia

1992
The New Metaphysics, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, Australia

1991
Moet & Chandon Touring Exhibition, national tour
Correspondences, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Her story - images of domestic labour in Australian art, S.H.Ervin Gallery, Sydney, Australia

1990
Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia

1989
Scotchmans Hill Vineyard Art Prize, Geelong Art Gallery, Australia
Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia

1987
Aberdare Art Prize for Landscape, Ipswich City Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia

1986
Fremantle Print Award, Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia, Australia
Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

1985
Fremantle Print Award, Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia, Australia
Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Fremantle Print Award, Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia, Australia

1983
Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

1982
Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

1980
L.H. Harvey memorial prize for drawing, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

 

WEB REVIEWS

‘State of Origin’, ARTLIFE, www.artlife.blogspot.com, September 2004

 

AWARDS

2011

2011 NSW Parliament Plein Air Art Prize

2006

The Fleurieu Peninsula Vistas Prize 2006, Fleurieu Peninsula Biennale, South Australia, Australia

2005

Wynne Prize for Watercolour, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

2003

Mosman Art Prize, Sydney, Australia

Finalist, National Gallery of Australia’s 2003 National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

2002

Wynne Prize for Watercolour, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

2001

Wynne Prize for Watercolour, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Melbourne Savage Club 2001 Art Prize for Painting, Melbourne

1999

Wynne Prize for Watercolour, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

1997

Wynne Prize for Watercolour, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

1995

Muswellbrook Acquisitive Priz-e, Muswellbrook Regional Gallery

1994

Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

 

PAGE ART

Australian Art History 1975-2008, Art & Australia, Vol 48, No.1, 2010

 

COLLECTIONS

Allen Arthur Robertson Collection, Sydney, Australia

Art Bank, Australia

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia

Art Gallery of South Australia, Australia

Brisbane City Council, Queensland, Australia

Campbelltown City Art Gallery, New South Wales, Australia

Chartwell Collection, New Zealand

Dubbo Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales, Australia

Gold Coast City Council, Queensland, Australia

Grafton Regional Gallery, New South Wales, Australia

Ipswich City Council Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia

Joseph Brown Collection, Melbourne, Australia

La Trobe Valley Arts Centre, Victoria, Australia

Logan TAFE, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Manly Shire Council, Sydney, Australia

Macquarie Bank, Sydney, Australia

Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia

Muswellbrook Regional Gallery, New South Wales, Australia

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

National Gallery of Victoria, Australia

Parliament House, Canberra, Australia

Rockhampton Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia

Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

Southern Cross University Artists Book Collection

State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, Australia

University of Tasmania, Australia

University of Western Australia, Australia

University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales, Australia

Warrnambool Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia

Western Mining Collection, Australia

Wollongong City Art Gallery, New South Wales, Australia

 

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