Ken Done

Born in 1940 - Australia


Ken Done is an Australian artist, born in 1940.
Ken dropped out at the age of 14 to join the National Art School of Sydney. After several years of studying, he was successful and became the Artistic director and designer in New York, London and Sydney.

He did his first personal exhibition in 1980, but he had already participated in several other exhibitions in Australia, Europe, Japan and the United States. Today, and for several years now, he has been devoting himself to painting.

His paintings are colorful and in them, the spectator can enjoy the view of the artist's workshop in Sydney: sea and the garden. He paints extremely quickly as it allows him to capture the constant changes in light.

Ken Done finds inspiration in his immediate surrounding, whether it's for his patterns or colors. The artist likes to take hold of exotic nature scenes.

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Any Ken Done exhibition is a collection of works reflecting the artist's affinity with the sea and coastal life, whether this is his "backyard" Chinamans Beach or the iconic Sydney harbour.

The works comprise different colours of the sea and garden scapes from the artist's Cabin studio on Sydney's Middle Harbour, executed with deliberate speed, the immediacy of which embraces the ever changing light on the Australian eastern seaboard.

The view from the window, the cabin door, the patterns of the clouds, the "frangipani", the paint, the palette, the shells, the postcards, the pattern of the people on the beach and of course the myriad of colours and shapes of the sailing boats on the harbour. The frangipanies each summer bloom again and in some ways the artist is constantly repainting this particular exotic scene.

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