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Title

Bird liberator


Artist

Noel McKenna

Australia

05 Aug 1956 -


About

'An imagined scene of a person letting his caged pet free.' (Noel McKenna: polluting the acid - a selection of etchings and lithographs 1997-2013, Darren Knight Gallery online catalogue, 2013)

Noel McKenna was born in Brisbane and studied at the Brisbane College of Art from 1976-78, before moving to Sydney in 1981 to undergo further studies at the Alexander Mackie College. He remained in Sydney, forging a career over three decades.

He has made prints with a number of workshops, including Griffith University (Qld), Alexander Mackie College/ COFA; Tamarind Print Workshop (Sydney), Duck Print Workshop (Port Kembla) and Cicada Press (Sydney), as well as printing and editioning himself.

McKenna's subjects - which include animals, domestic life, suburban scenes and narratives - are drawn from everyday life, observations made as the artist walks and cycles through sub/urban and regional landscapes, and found images/publications.

He frequently relies on photographs, including those he has taken as well as found; the work has a 'naive' quality but its overall conceptual and compositional complexity challenges any suggestion it lacks artistic or visual sophistication. His imagery is charged with poetry and pathos, and an essential humanity. McKenna rarely seeks to analyse or explain his work beyond the barest description of its content - this is left to the viewer.


Details


Other Title

Bird Liberator


Date

1988


Media category

Print


Materials used

etching, drypoint, aquatint, printed in black ink with plate tone on white wove paper


Edition

artist's proof


Dimensions

25.4 x 29.7 cm platemark; 32.4 x 39.3 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., pencil "N. McKenna 88".


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Australian Prints, Drawings and Watercolours Benefactors Fund 2013


Location

Not on display


Accession number

205.2013


Artist information

Noel McKenna

Works in the collection

14


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography