Man proping (sic) up world, 1995
Noel McKenna (born 1956)
40 x 56.8 cm
signed and dated left, signed and titled 'Man proping up world/N McKenna' verso
Provenance: Niagara Galleries, Melbourne (gallery label attached); Christies, Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 03/04/2001, Lot No. 20
Exhibited: Magic Realism, Australian Galleries (gallery label attached), Aug. 5 to 29 1998, exhibition curated by Christopher Heathcote, illustrated in exhibition catalogue
0419 540 162
Humble and yet complex, McKenna’s paintings maintain their broad appeal through the familiarity of their everyday subjects. His images show a profound understanding of the human condition with all its’ frailties.
Noel McKenna was born in Brisbane, Queensland. He studied architecture at Queensland University in 1974 and 1975 and 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.
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 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.
His work is held in all major state and regional galleries, and important public and corporate collections throughout Australia and overseas.