David Noonan

Born 1969 Ballarat, David Noonan lives and works in London. Graduated from BFA from Ballarat University College and post graduate studies at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne.

Noonan’s collage works, films, paintings, sculptural objects, tapestries, and installations are characterised by a complex layering of found historical and contemporary images. In his work, he is interested in the liminal and temporal; in the dialogue between figuration and abstraction and a de-linear sense of time; in ambiguities, contradictions, and in-between spaces. As Jennifer Higgie notes - ‘Every image is a fragment. This is how we see things; how we remember what we don’t fully understand. Creation is always cumulative. Pictures and films develop in an intuitive way, often in response to something that has already been made’.

His work often displays a monochromatic palette that references his source material and presents a distilled aesthetic. He explores how materials behave together and influence each other to create a form of visual and material harmonics that inform his creative processes.

Noonan’s work is held in numerous international public collections, including Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Mamco-Modern and Contemporary Art Museum, Geneva; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat.

Select solo exhibitions include Stagecraft, Art Gallery of Ballarat (2020); Tapestries, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne (2019); A Dark and Quiet Place, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2018); A Dark and Quiet Place, Modern Art, London (2017-2018); Lead Light, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney (2016); David Noonan, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels (2015); David Noonan, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia (2015); David Noonan, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2011); David Noonan, Foxy Production, New York (2013); David Noonan, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles (2010); Solo exhibition, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2008); and Solo exhibition, Palais de Tokyo Paris (2007). Select group exhibitions include Monster Theatres: 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2020); Bathurst Regional Art ,Gallery Bathurst, Bathurst (2019); Simon Denny: Mine, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart (2019); Drawing Biennial 2019, Drawing Room, London (2019); MEISENFLOO, Norma Mangione Gallery, Turin (2018); L’immagine e il suo doppio, Eduardo Secci, Florence (2018); The Shape of Things to Come, Buxton Contemporary, Melbourne (2018); The Trick Brain, Aïshti Foundation, Antelias (2017); Revolt of the Sage, Blain Southern, London (2016); Surrealism: The Conjured Life, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago (2015); and Out of Focus: Photography, Saatchi Gallery, London (2012). 

Last updated: 29.04.2021