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.
oil on plywood
49.5 x 48.8 cm board; 51.6 x 53.5 x 4.2 cm frame (irreg.)
Signature & date
Signed and dated u.l. corner verso, black oil "N. McKENNA 08".
Patrick White Bequest Fund 2009
Not on display
Shown in 1 exhibition
Noel McKenna: Google series, Men smoking pipes, Autumn, Men fishing, Cats etc. (2009), Greenaway Art Gallery, Kent Town, 27 May 2009–05 Jul 2009
Referenced in 3 publications
Samela Harris., The advertiser, 'Cult of funny cats', Adelaide, 25 May 2009. Exhibition review
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. 8; 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