- Other Title
- Stray cats Brisbane 1960s
- Media categories
- Drawing , Watercolour
- Materials used
- pencil, pen and ink, wash on paper
- 29.8 x 42.0 cm sheet
- Dobell Biennial Acquisition Fund 2016
- Not on display
- Accession number
- © Noel McKenna/Copyright Agency
- Artist information
Works in the collection
This drawing is from a group of works titled 'Animals I have known' 2015–16, which lays bare the emotional and psychological importance of animals to Noel McKenna. His creatures, both domestic and wild, document the passing of time through incidents and anecdotes, and emphasise the enmeshed spheres of people and animals, through his own particular story.
Drawing is an ongoing part of McKenna’s practice, informing much of his painting and printmaking as well as being a discrete aspect of his oeuvre. His art is based in his own experience; this series grew from rekindled memories of his childhood, recalling significant animals he encountered as a boy and extending to other important animals in his life to the present.
McKenna describes these drawings as portraits, investing his subjects with a significance and depth of personality more commonly reserved for people. The two larger, more densely worked drawings incorporate text that gives a detailed and compelling account of the artist’s life and the impact of animals on it.
Shown in 1 exhibition
Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2016, Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, 05 May 2017–02 Jul 2017
Referenced in 1 publication
Anne Ryan, Close to home: Dobell Australian drawing biennial 2016, Essay 'Noel McKenna', pg. 43-44, Sydney, 2016, 43, 44, 46 (col. illus.), 67, 76.
Other works by Noel Mckenna
See all 23 works