Noel McKenna's offbeat paintings are as different from mainstream figuration as South Park is from classic Disney. He's weird. Most artists painting a cat would place it on a fireside mat. McKenna paints it as a missing moggie on a poster tied to a pole with tear-off strips of telephone numbers. Owls are conventionally painted wisely gripping the bare branches of a tree. McKenna's owl perches on a McDonald's sign. It's like a Gary Larson cartoon without having to second-guess the punchline. There is no punchline; there is only weirdness.
source: College of Fine Arts COFA