Ken Done was at the official opening of his exhibition at the Grafton Regional Gallery last night. He says the exhibition is a cross-section of his 30-year artistic career and is like looking back on his life.
Ken Done was at the official opening of his exhibition at the Grafton Regional Gallery last night. He says the exhibition is a cross-section of his 30-year artistic career and is like looking back on his life. Debrah Novak

A good look at what is Done

A VISIT to iconic Australian artist Ken Done’s fourth exhibition of prints at the Grafton Regional Gallery takes the viewer on a trip through a career of developing styles.

The exhibition, title Ken Done Prints, opened at the gallery last night with the regional manager of Country Energy, Richard Wake, welcoming Mr Done and his wife Judy.

One of the exhibits, a print of a shell he drew back in the late 70s, before his career as an artist took flight, is an example of ‘disciplined drawing’.

“The gallery’s got virtually the entire collection of all the prints that I’ve done since the early 80s and this is a good collection of it. It’s like looking back over your life,” Mr Done said.

He said the exhibition showed how his use of colour has become more sophisticated as his career has progressed.

“Colour has always been an integral part of my work,” he said.

“Even as a boy growing up on the Clarence River I was always fascinated by the colour of the flowers, or the colour of the river, or the colour of the hyacinths floating down the river in flood, or the jacarandas. Yeah, it’s always been something that excited me.”

Gallery director Jude McBean said Clarence Valley residents are about to become a lot more familiar with Mr Done’s artwork as the gallery unveils a project to ‘Done the Valley’.

She said Country Energy has made donations that have enabled the gallery to frame the extensive collection of prints that the artist donated to last year.

“We plan to have Ken Done prints hanging in the offices of businesses around the Valley by the middle of the year,” Ms McBean said.

The exhibition will continue at the gallery until March 14.



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