About This Art

Ken Done's first solo exhibition was held in Sydney in 1980. Since then, he has held over 50 one-man shows, including major exhibitions in Australia, Europe, Japan and the USA. His work has been described as the most original style to come out of Australia, and his paintings are in collections throughout the world.

Major projects in a very diverse career include the painting of a BMW Artcar, and the total decorative scheme for the Garden Restaurant at the Powerhouse Museum, in Sydney. In 1994, a major retrospective 'Ken Done: the art of design' was mounted by the Powerhouse. The artist's first European exhibition was held in Paris, in 1996 to great acclaim. In 2000 and 2001 collections of Ken Done's original work were successfully premiered in Los Angeles and San Francisco and two sell-out shows were held in London.

An original Ken Done work has featured on the cover of the weekly Japanese magazine Hanako for over ten years, and in recent times Ken has also become involved in the movement toward a new Australian flag. In 1999, Done was asked to create a series of works for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies programs of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Ken's paintings have become the creative source of a unique, and very successful Australian business - Done Art and Design. With numerous 'Done' stores in Australia, and representation in selected stockists throughout the world, Done Art and Design continues to develop and expand, promoting Australian art and design to a world-wide audience.

Bigoni International Publishing Corporation has the largest collection of Ken Done original oils in the United States.

Ken Done

ken-doneBorn 29 June 1940, in Sydney, Ken left school at 14 to enter the National Art School in East Sydney. After 5 years study, he commenced a highly successful career as an art director and designer in New York, London and Sydney.   Over the past few years, Ken has devoted most of his time to painting. His works have been shown in the Archibald, Sulman, Wynne, Blake, and Dobell Prizes.  Although he has worked extensively for many charitable organisations, the welfare of underprivileged children has always been a special concern of Ken's. Father of the Year in 1989, Ken Done holds the honorary position of Australian Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.  In 1992, Ken received the Order of Australia (A.M.), for services to Art, Design and Tourism. In many parts of the world, Ken Done has come to symbolise Australia and Australians: creative, optimistic and bold.

No. 101 Reel Fish, 1991

No. 102 New Studio, Orange Table, 1997

No. 103 New Studio, Orange Table, Three Nudes, 1997

No. 104 Palms and Cruisers, 1994

No. 105 New Studio, Red Table, Pink Nude, 1997

No. 106 New Studio, Purple Table Ochre Nude, 1997

No. 107 Spot and the Black Vase ,1997

No. 458 Rocks And Boats, 1987

No. 460 Opera House, City and Harbour II, 1998

No. 464 Opera House and Striped Sea I, 1998

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