Mirror Man

David NOONAN: artist

Not On Display

About the work

Noonan’s practice includes drawings, prints, collage, sculpture and film, and is sourced from found imagery, photographs, archival documents, magazines and books relating to utopian collectives in the 1960s and 70s, film, theatre and dance performances. As with this painting, Noonan transforms black and white and sepia found imagery into collaged large-scale silk-screened tableaux on linen. Any sense of time and place is blurred or displaced. The multiple appropriations of imagery blend realism, mystery and myth. The fabrics he uses as the ground for the silk-screens are rough in texture and often patched or folded and contain printed patterns that are inspired by Japanese textiles. His interest in kabuki theatre performance is evident and here the implied narrative is centred on a reflected or duplicated image of a performer in an ambiguous space, engaged in an uncertain ritualized activity.
Mirror Man
Artist/Maker and role
David NOONAN: artist
silkscreen on linen collage, framed
203.6 x 145.4 cm (framed)
Credit line
Purchased through The Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation: TomorrowFund, 2014
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
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This is one of the paintings in our collection.