David 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’. 1
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 was born in Australia in 1969, he now lives and works in London. He received his BFA from Ballarat University College and undertook his post graduate studies at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia. His work has been presented in numerous solo exhibitions including the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Chisenhale Gallery, London; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia; Foxy Production, New York; David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles; HOTEL, London; Modern Art, London; Xavier Hufkens, Brussels; Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne.
Noonan’s work is held in numerous international public collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; MAMCO – Modern and Contemporary Art Museum, Geneva; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat, Australia; Mona – Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Australia, and British Council, London.