b. 1939, United Kingdom
Stephen McKenna was born in London in 1939, and was living and working in County Carlow, Ireland at the time of his death in 2017. Major solo exhibitions include Stadtische Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf; Hans und Sophie Teuber Arp Foundation, Bonn; the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; the ICA, London; Modern Art Oxford; Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; The Hugh Lane, the Douglas Hyde Gallery, the RHA and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. McKenna was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1986, and participated in historic exhibitions including Documenta 7, Kassel; Classical Spirit, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Falls the Shadow, Hayward Gallery, London; Avant Garde of the ’80s, Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art and Dreams & Traditions, at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC.