To coincide with the release of our Program Director’s latest book on the legendary Ken Done, Amber Creswell Bell has curated an exhibition of Ken’s works opening Thursday 18th March at Michael Reid Northern Beaches gallery. The show includes artworks from the 1980s right through to 2021, and Amber has selected many works that are smaller and more accessible – including works on paper.
On Saturday 20th March we will be hosting a champagne book signing from 11am – 3pm at the gallery with both Ken and Amber.
Since his first solo exhibition in 1980, Ken Done has become one of Australia’s most famous artists. His work has been described as the most original style to come out of Australia, and his paintings are in collections throughout the world.
Born 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.
At the age of 40, after painting for many years, he gave up his advertising career to become a painter full-time. Since then, he has held over 100 one-man shows, including major exhibitions in Australia, Europe, Japan and the USA. His works have been shown in the Archibald, Sulman, Wynne, Blake, and Dobell Prizes.
In 1991, a major touring exhibition in Japan attracted over 200,000 visitors. The artist’s first European exhibition was held in Paris in 1996, to great acclaim, and in 2000 the art of Ken Done was successfully premiered in both Los Angeles and London.