Untitled (Chihuahua), 2001 signed and dated 'N. Mckenna 01' upper right painted and glazed ceramic 20 x 20cm (7 7/8 x 7 7/8in).
PROVENANCE: Purchased from Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney in March 2001 (label attached verso)
EXHIBITED: ARCO 2002, Madrid, Spain, Exhibited by Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, 14-19 February 2002
McKenna's dog portraits use a form and technique more commonly associated with the hobbyist. In this case glazed ceramic tiles that are made to be fired in a craft shop or small home kiln.
Animals and in particular domestic ones like cats and dogs have been a constant subject over McKenna's long career.In 2003 Dubbo Regional Gallery organized a survey of his animal works from 1977 2003 which toured NSW and Victoria.
In these two works the animals have assumed an anthropomorphic intensity and stoic dignified presence that reminds us of the importance and companionship that pets give to our lives being truly part of the family.