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Noel and Stumpy by Margaret McKenna

Noel and Stumpy

Margaret McKenna

Sitter

Noel McKenna

Medium

Acrylic on Paper

Dimensions

51 x 55 cm

Representation
The artist represents themselves
Category

Sylvia Jones Prize for Women Artists

About the artwork and sitter

Noel McKenna is a Brisbane born and raised artist who has been living in Sydney for the last 40 years. He retains connections to Brisbane.

Margaret and Noel married in 1985 . Noel has made a friend of Stumpy, a female magpie. She comes and sits with him when he is working in his studio. She also comes into the kitchen when he has breakfast to get a treat. Noel is a great animal lover – in fact he could prefer animals to humans.”

About the artist
Margaret McKenna is a self taught artist, and retired architect. She submitted another quite different portrait of Noel in 2019, which was hung as a finalist. She paints and draws for herself, as does her husband, the well known Brisbane born artist Noel McKenna, who now lives in Sydney. She says: “I love faces with all the crags, lines and flaws that make us human.”

“Noel has made a friend of Stumpy, a female magpie. She comes and sits with him when he is working in his studio. Noel is a great animal lover - in fact he could prefer animals to humans.”

Behind the scenes