David Noonan

A Dark and Quiet Place
, 2017 (still)
28 minutes Click to enlarge


Born Ballarat, Australia 1969
Lives and works in London, United Kingdom

Encompassing collage, printmaking, sculpture, film, and installation, David Noonan’s practice draws upon an exhaustive image archive that conflates twentieth century avant garde and subcultural histories. Adopting a methodical approach to selection, Noonan seamlessly references theatre, film, design, architecture, dance and music from both eastern and western cultures.

For each work, images are carefully selected, manipulated and reconstructed through a nonlinear approach that re-presents history as an imagined present. Concurrently, Noonan’s production draws from traditional art and craft-making practices as well as contemporary processes, collapsing numerous techniques into intricate and detailed works, regardless of medium.

Alongside his rigorous research process, figuration and formal considerations are central to Noonan’s constructed scenes. Subjects are often strategically solitary and haunted, even when they appear in groups. The results emanate deeply psychological and existential qualities.

David Noonan has recently been the subject of solo exhibitions at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia (2017); the University of the Arts, Philadelphia (2015); Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2011); Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2009); Chisenhale Gallery, London (2008); and Palais De Tokyo, Paris (2007). His work has been included in notable survey exhibitions and biennials, including the British Art Show (2010−2011); the Biennale of Sydney (2010); the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art (2010); Glasgow International (2010); and the Tate Triennial (2009).

Noonan’s work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Dallas Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.


Recent Works

David Noonan

A Dark and Quiet Place
, 2017
28 minutes
Production assistant: Anna Higgins, Final edit and sound: Matthew Berka
Edition of 5 + 2 APs