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Noel McKenna

(Australia 05 Aug 1956 – )

Title
Pipes smell nice, but I wonder how long it will take to get the mouth cancer
Year
2009
Media category
Painting
Materials used
oil on plywood
Dimensions

50.0 x 49.8 cm board; 52.0 x 54.2 x 4.1 cm frame (irreg.)

Signature & date
Signed and dated u.l. corner verso, black oil "N.McKENNA 09".
Credit
Patrick White Bequest Fund 2009
Accession number
333.2009
Location
Not on display
Further information

The 'Pipe smoking suite' relates to a contemporary practise of 'surfing the net' on any chosen subject. Noel McKenna is not particularly conversant with computer culture, nor a frequent user. However, he happened to be interested in a famous painting by Cezanne depicting pipe smoking ('The card players') and was astounded at the result from 'Googling' the subject, leading to the current series. His fascination with such archetypical images of human physiognomy and habits however happens to have long established antecedents, beginning in Australia with the droll, understated satire of the colonial Australian artist ST Gill.

Bibliography (3)

Samela Harris., The advertiser, 'Cult of funny cats', Adelaide, 25 May 2009.

Noel McKenna., Noel McKenna: Google series, Men smoking pipes, Autumn, Men fishing, Cats etc, 'Google series, Men smoking pipes, Autumn, Men fishing, Cats etc', Adelaide, 2009, (colour illus.). cat.no. 9; not paginated

Louise Vodic., dBMagazine.com.au [issue# 469], 'Noel McKenna: Google Series, Men Smoking Pipes, Autumn, Men Fishing, Cats etc', Adelaide, 17 Jun 2009-30 Jun 2009. Exhibition review

Exhibition history (1)

Noel McKenna: Google series, Men smoking pipes, Autumn, Men fishing, Cats etc. (2009), Greenaway Art Gallery, Kent Town, 27 May 2009–05 Jul 2009