The Ken Done Gallery Sydney
I recently visited the Ken Done Gallery in Sydney and was absolutely blown away with his work. I thought it would be nice to share on the blog as his work is too beautiful to keep to myself.
The Ken Done Gallery is situated at the Rocks, in the older part of Sydney. The building itself was beautiful and the interior of the gallery was beautifully done too – clean and modern but with plenty of the old and original features still showing. His artworks were vibrant and fun, and made a huge impact when you first walk in through the gallery. They showed colourful seascapes and scenes of Sydney and the harbor.
Ken Done was actually an art director and designer in New York, Sydney and London for a large part of his life. He decided to leave his work and the industry at the age of 40 to embrace painting full time. He works mainly with oil and acrylic paints, and his works are inspired from a variety of sources – the sea and sky, Aboriginal art and Japanese poetry.
Ken Done has received much recognition for his work and you can read more about that on his website, but here is a short snippet: “Ken’s work is now widely recognised as holding a unique position in Australia’s cultural heritage. In 1992, he 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.”
Hope you enjoy these inspiring artworks as much as I did.
By the way, if you’re interested in art and live here in Adelaide which is where I am based, I would recommend the following exhibitions which are on at the moment:
Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia
More Ink than Ocean at the Art Gallery of South Australia