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Uncover the Unknown Paintings of Ken DoneThursday 4 January 2018
Uncover the Unknown Paintings of Ken Done ⇒ The first solo exhibition of Ken Done 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. And now he has released a compilation of some of his most unknown paintings from 2000 to 2017 in the book “Ken Done: Paintings You Probably Haven’t Seen”.
“Ken Done: Paintings You Probably Haven’t Seen” brings together a selection of recent and mostly-unseen works from an artist at the peak of his lifelong practice. This major new volume of twenty-first-century paintings featuring over 200 colour plates is a brilliant and surprising new book from one of Australia’s best-known artists.
In her introductory essay, Sarah Engledow expresses her delight in Done’s collected works and muses upon the artist’s recent motifs, emblems and influences: “Try something at home. Leave this book open at a favourite pair of pages, somewhere in the house. Go out for a while and forget about it. I did just that, leaving the pictures of the little church on Hydra on the bony stony bench of my putty-coloured kitchen. When I came back in I found the space had quickened: it pulsed around the hot smoked puce, cobalt and saffron. I was physically shocked. It was a coup de foudre. The very room was alive! Colour can penetrate and ravish the spirit”.
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“These paintings were all done since the year 2000. They are sometimes works done on location or sometimes in the studio. And some are just what was in my imagination. This is a picture book of paintings”, said Ken Done himself. The book was released on 11 October with an accompanying exhibition opening on the same day in The Ken Done Gallery, the artist’s very own gallery and shop located in Sydney.
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Source and Image Credit: Ken Done