A new collection of works by Sydney artist Noel McKenna are currently on display at Darren Knight Gallery, Waterloo. Entitled The Weekly Bus-Rail Ticket: The Return Journey, the series depicts scenes of Sydney life, some as momentous as Anthony Mundine claiming the Middleweight Championship of the World, while others such as Kambala School Girl portray the more seemingly mundane aspects of city life. Depictions of cityscapes, oversized vehicles on suburban roads, children dressed in designer fashion and grand residencies of Sydney businessmen also make an appearance within the show. While most take form as works on canvas, Sydney Chair of Influence, embroidered with the names of prominent community figures, acts as a sculptural inclusion to the exhibition.
McKenna lives and works in Sydney. He has studied at various Australian institutions including The University of Queensland, Brisbane College of Art and Alexander Mackie College. His work has been exhibited on an international scale within galleries including John Batten Gallery, Hong Kong, Bowen Galleries, New Zealand and Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea. He has won numerous awards for his art practice including the 2006 Fleurieu Peninsula Vistas Prize, the 2003 Mosman Art Prize and the Wynne Prize for Watercolour in 2001, 2002 and 2005.