contemporary art

David Noonan/ David Noonan

Australia 1969

Installation, Prints, Collage, Design, Other Styles

David Noonan
David Noonan
Male
Australia
1969

David Noonan is an Australian artist, whose work explores the inner workings of memory, connotation, and sentiment. His mixture of documents and textures resonate with a psychic force, producing fictional histories and imaginary landscapes that provoke, disquiet, and charm.

Born in Ballarat in the southern Australian state of Victoria in 1969, Noonan studied at university before completing a postgraduate course in Painting at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. He came to England and has been a permanent resident there since 2001.

David Noonan transforms black and white or sepia found imagery into striking collages and large-scale silk-screened tableaux on linen or films. He collects photographs, archival documents and magazines and books relating to utopian collectives in the 1960s and 70s, theatre and dance performances, or art education, and layers selected images with others of plants, animals and buildings, fusing histories where any sense of time and place is blurred or displaced. The multiple appropriations blend realism, mystery and myth.

Beginning each of his screen prints by making a collage, David Noonan brings together an eclectic array of found imagery – sourced from film stills, books, magazines, and archive photos, to create dramatic scenes that suggest surreal narratives. These collages are then photographed and turned into large-scale screen prints, a technique remarkable for its sumptuous finish that relates to both artistic authenticity and mass media. Printed in harsh contrast black and white, Noonan’s images encapsulate the romanticism of golden age cinema, and its associations to memory, fiction, and modern mythology. The fabrics he uses as the ground for the silk-screens are rough in texture and often patched or folded. Many contain printed patterns that are inspired by Japanese textiles. Noonan also produces paneled, figurative sculptures in which cut out silhouettes of performers act out grand gestures. Stylistically referencing Surrealism and experimental film, Noonan’s work poses as the aesthetic remnants of ‘lost masterpieces’, weaving his own extravagant fantasies into fabric of collective consciousness.

The pictures are inhabited by characters variously enacting moments of quiet introspection and scenes of extroverted performance – putting on makeup, dressing up, and acting-out sexually ambiguous identities. As the large pictures combine and overlay collected fragments into a single compositional space, Noonan’s paper collages almost clinically extract the fundamental components of his picture-making, laying bare the intuitive combination of abstract and figurative elements. Ghostly presences materialize from the grainy print, focus is blurred and the viewer is constantly forced to double-take as strange patterns emerge.

The one constant is that his artworks seem both mysteriously timeless and inscrutably modern. As well as working in paint and screen prints, he is also a film-maker, an installation artist and a set designer, using whichever medium best suits the work he is making at the time. His work has been displayed in numerous venues around the globe, in solo and group exhibitions.

David Noonan lives and works in London.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumGroup/Solo
2015One Day Something HappensLeeds Art Gallery, Leeds, UKGroup
2014Below another skyAberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen UKGroup
2014PUBLISH – CREATE TJ. Boulting Gallery, London, UKGroup
2014MenagerieACCA, The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
2013David NoonanFoxy Production, New York, NY, USASolo
2013New CollagesJRP|Ringier, Paris, FranceSolo
2013BASH An Exhibition in Two PartsWoodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, Woodstock, NY, USAGroup
2013Winter Show - Exposition d’HiverMarc Jancou Contemporary, New York, NY, USAGroup
2013Black-and-White (and a Little Bit of Blue)Marc Jancou Contemporary, New York, NY, USAGroup
2013TRANSITHorsham Regional Art Gallery, Horsham, AustraliaGroup
2013Transmitter - Receiver : The Persistence of Collage from the Arts Council CollectionAberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, WalesGroup
2013Transmitter - Receiver : The Persistence of Collage from the Arts Council CollectionTullie House, Carlisle, Cumbria, UKGroup
2013Theatre of the WorldMONA, Museum of Old and New Art in collaboration with TMAG – Tasmanian Museum of Art Gallery, Tasmania, AustraliaGroup
2012David NoonanModern Art, London, UKSolo
2012OrigamiXavier Hufkens, Brussels, BelgiumSolo
2012Theatre of the WorldMONA, Museum of Old and New Art TMAG – Tasmanian Museum of Art Gallery, Tasmania, AustraliaGroup
2012Volume One : MCA CollectionMuseum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, AustraliaGroup
2012Out of Focus: PhotographySaatchi Gallery, London, UK Group
2012Transmitter - Receiver : The Persistence of Collage from the Arts Council CollectionThe Lightbox, Woking, UKGroup
2012Transmitter - Receiver : The Persistence of Collage from the Arts Council CollectionThe New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, West Midlands, UKGroup
2012Transmitter - Receiver : The Persistence of Collage from the Arts Council CollectionUsher Gallery, Lincoln, UKGroup
201210 ways to look at the pastThe Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery of Victoria, Federation Square, Victoria, AustraliaGroup
2012A Darkness More Than NightQUAD Gallery, Derby, UK Group
2011David NoonanCAM, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO, USASolo
2011David NoonanRoslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, NSW, AustraliaSolo
2011The EphemeralARNDT Berlin, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2011The Keno Twins 5Barriera, Turin, ItalyGroup
2011A Darkness More Than NightQUAD Gallery, Derby, UK Group
2011The Devil Had a DaughterMUMA, Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield, Victoria, AustraliaGroup
201110 ways to look at the pastThe Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery of Victoria, Victoria, AustraliaGroup
2011The Keno Twins 4Villa Merkel Bahnwärter Haus, Esslingen, GermanyGroup
2011The Private Life of PlantsPeles Empire, London, UKGroup
2011TableauxMAGASIN - Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France Group
2011Everything You Can Imagine Is Real...Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2011Transmitter - Receiver: The Persistence of Collage from the Arts Council CollectionMIMA, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, UK Group
2011Secret Societies. To Know, To Dare, To Will, To Keep SilenceSchirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, GermanyGroup
2011Secret Societies. To Know, To Dare, To Will, To Keep SilenceCAPC de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France Group
2011The Age of AquariusThe Renaissance Society, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USAGroup
2011British Art Show 7: In the Days of the CometNottinghamGroup
2011British Art Show 7: In the Days of the CometLondon, UKGroup
2011British Art Show 7: In the Days of the CometGlasgow, ScotlandGroup
2011British Art Show 7: In the Days of the CometPlymouth, UK Group
2010David NoonanDavid Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USASolo
2010David Noonan: SPIELThe Mitchell Library, Glasgow, ScotlandSolo
2010British Art Show 7: In the Days of the CometNottinghamGroup
2010British Art Show 7: In the Days of the CometLondon, UKGroup
2010British Art Show 7: In the Days of the CometGlasgow, ScotlandGroup
2010King RatProjects Arts Centre, Dublin, IrelandGroup
2010Rive Gauche - Rive DroiteMarc Jancou, Paris, France Group
2010Scene GrammarParra & Romero in collaboration with Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, Madrid, SpainGroup
2010The Beauty of Distance - Songs of Survival…17th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, AustraliaGroup
2010Entr’acteGalerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2010Keno Twins 3Galerie Susanne Zander, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2010Before & After Science - 2010 Adelaide Biennial of Australian ArtArt Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA, AustraliaGroup
2010THE GATHERING: Building the Arts Council Collection 1973 – 2009Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Longside Gallery, West Yorkshire, UKGroup
2010Glasgow International 2010Washington Garcia at Mitchell Library, Glasgow, ScotlandGroup
2010The Library of Babel - In and Out of PlaceZabludowicz Collection, London, UKGroup
2010Stripped, Tied and RawMarianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY, USAGroup
2009David Noonan, ScenesAustralian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Solo
2009Beg, Borrow and StealRubell Family Collection, Miami, FL, USA Group
2009The Dark Monarch: Magic and Modernity in British ArtTate, St Ives, Cornwall, UKGroup
2009The DwellingAustralian Center for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaGroup
2009Opera RockCAPC, musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, France Group
2009RootsWentrup, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2009SolarisGio Marconi, Milan, ItalyGroup
2009Remote MemoriesKai10, Düsseldorf, GermanyGroup
2009No SoundAspen Museum of Art, Aspen, CO, USAGroup
2009AltermodernTate Triennial, Tate Britain, London, UK Group
2009Double HemisphereFoxy Production, New York, NY, USAGroup
2008David NoonanBaronian Francey, project room, Brussels, BelgiumSolo
2008David NoonanChisenhale Gallery, London, UKSolo
2008MARKUSRoslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, NSW, AustraliaSolo
2008David Noonan, Art: ConceptParis, FranceSolo
2008SphinxxModern Art, London, UKGroup
2008Persona, Parc Saint-LégerCentre d’art contemporain, Paris, FranceGroup
2008Faces and Figures (Revisited)Marc Jancou Contemporary, New York, NY, USA Group
2008Lost & Found: An Archeology of the PresentTarraWarra Biennial 2008, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, Victoria, AustraliaGroup
20086th Busan BiennaleBusan, KoreaGroup
2008Imaginary ThingAspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO, USAGroup
2008That beautiful pale face is my fate (For Lord Byron)Nottingham Contemporary, Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire, UKGroup
2008In Geneva No-One Can Hear You ScreamBFAS, Blondeau Fine Art Services, Geneva, Switzerland Group
2008Revolving Doors, an exhibition in memory of Blair TrethowanUplands Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaGroup
2008Stain Pattern - Roger Hiorns, Eva Larsson, David Musgrave, David NoonanThe Bakery, Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsGroup
2007David NoonanPalais De Tokyo, Paris, FranceSolo
2007Tokyo ReduxPalais de Tokyo, Paris, FranceGroup
2007DuetLehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, NY, USAGroup
2007The Present Order Is the Disorder of the FutureDe Hallen Haarlem, Haarlem, The NetherlandsGroup
2007My Flashing Laundrette - Evan Holloway, David Noonan, AdamGroup
2007PutnamGalleria Raucci Santamaria, Naples, ItalyGroup
2007Material PhotographsShane Campbell Gallery, Oak Park, IL, USA Group
2007Hotel Gallery swapGalerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2006David NoonanDavid Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USASolo
2006The Rings of SaturnTate Modern, London, UKGroup
2006The General StoreUlrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, USAGroup
2006Frank Hannon, Jacob Dahl Jürgensen and David NoonanFoxy Production, New York, NY, USAGroup
2005ImagesRoslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, NSW, AustraliaSolo
2005David Noonan: Four New FilmsGovett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New ZealandSolo
2005David Noonan: Films and Paintings 2001-2005MUMA, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 2Solo
2005David NoonanHOTEL, London, UKSolo
2005Slow RushesArtspace, Auckland, New ZealandGroup
2005The Four Color Pen ShowVan Harrison Gallery, Chicago, IL, USAGroup
2005The Difference between you and meThe Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
2005If These Walls Could TalkRoslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, NSW, AustraliaGroup
2005Bad Names for Good BooksKevin Bruk Gallery, Miami, FL, USAGroup
2004They became what they beheldFoxy Production, New York, NY, USASolo
2004They became what they beheldThree Walls, Chicago, IL, USA Solo
2004PaintingsUplands Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaSolo
2004I feel mysterious todayPBICA, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach, FL, USAGroup
2004Supernatural ArtificialMuseum of Contemporary Photography, Tokyo, Japan Group
2004InstinctMonash University Museum of Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia Group
2004Plot Thickens: Narratives in Australian ArtA Heide Museum of Modern Art Travelling Art Exhibition, Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
2004The Infinite Fill ShowFoxy Production, New York, NY, USAGroup
2004Glad DayFoxy Production, New York, NY, USAGroup
2003Before and NowRoslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, NSW, AustraliaSolo
2003Miriam Hall (with Starlie Geikie)Clubs Projects Inc., Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaSolo
2003SOWA (with Simon Trevaks)Artspace, Sydney, AustraliaSolo
2003SOWA (solo and a collaboration with Simon Trevaks)Foxy Production, New York, NY, USASolo
2003Blinky 2: The ScreeningTate Britain, London, UKGroup
2003Rough TopographyVedanta Gallery, Chicago, IL, USAGroup
2003Art + FilmCentre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaGroup
2003WallpaperAustralian Galleries, Works on Paper, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaGroup
2002WaldhausUplands Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaSolo
2002The Likening, David Noonan & Simon TrevaksRoslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, NSW, AustraliaSolo
2002Screen LifeGovett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New ZealandGroup
2002The Team ShowUplands Gallery, Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
2002ResidentFoxy Production, New York, NY, USAGroup
2002Listening to New VoicesPS1 Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY, USA Group
2001The LikeningDavid Noonan & Simon Trevaks, Studio 12, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaSolo
2001ScenesHenry Urbach Architecture, New York, NY, USAGroup
2001The Team Show: A Constructed WorldUplands Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaGroup
2001Egofugal7th Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul, Turkey Group
2001Egofugal, Selected Works from the 7th Istanbul BiennaleTokyo Opera City Gallery, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2001The likeningStudio 12, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaGroup
2000More apt to be lost than got, David Noonan & Simon TrevaksRoslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, NSW, AustraliaSolo
2000Sporting LifeMuseum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW, AustraliaGroup
2000200 Gertrude St Studio Artists 2000200 Gertrude St, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaGroup
2000Garson GarsonProject Space, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaGroup
2000Passing TimeMoët & Chandon Commission, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia Group
2000Drive>Power Progress>DesireGovett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New ZealandGroup
1999PrimaveraMuseum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW, Australia Group
1999Blockbuster 99UKS Gallery, Oslo, NorwayGroup
1999Signs of LifeMelbourne International Biennial, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Group
1999Exhumed IICanberra Contemporary Art Space, Braddon, Australia Group
1999Nearest Habitat System1st floor, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaGroup
1999SPACE, Witte de WithCenter for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands Group
1999Where the wild roses growTransmission Gallery, Glasgow, ScotlandGroup
1999Walkmen - Ricky Swallow, David Jolly & David NoonanSynasesthesia Music, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaGroup
1998Saturn Return1st Floor, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaSolo
1998Habitat: morning star evening star, Melbourne-Scotland cultural exchangeCentre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Group
1998ExhumedProject Space, Curated by David Noonan, RMIT, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Group
1998Work station1st Floor, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaGroup
1998Special issue1st Floor, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaGroup
1997Head onKaryn Lovegrove Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaSolo
1997Head onCentre for Contemporary Art, Adelaide, SA, Australia Solo
1997World Speak DumbKaryn Lovegrove Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaGroup
1997Eurovision205 Russel St, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaGroup
1997Klick1st floor, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaGroup
1997Mars Field1st Floor, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaGroup
1996See Through BrainTransmission Gallery, Glasgow, ScotlandGroup
1996KlickTransmission Gallery, Glasgow, ScotlandGroup
1996Mrs Birds Housecollaboration with Jennifer Higgie, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaGroup
1996Photography is dead, Long live photographyMuseum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW, Australia Group
1995David NoonanKaryn Lovegrove Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaSolo
1995Lindy Lee & David NoonanLevel 2 Projects, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, NSW, Australia Group
1994Projection: Filming the BodyBasement Project, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaGroup
1994Deception: Melinda Harper, David Noonan & Philip Watkins200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Group
1993POOLKaryn Lovegrove Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Solo
1993Type 1-36200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Solo
1993Australian Perspecta 1993Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia Group