Artist Ken Done, pictured in his studio, will open the Maclean Agricultural Show.
Artist Ken Done, pictured in his studio, will open the Maclean Agricultural Show.

Ken Done heads home for show

HIS 1992 drawing ‘Thinking about the house I grew up in in Maclean’ reveals artist Ken Done’s attachment to the town where he spent his young years.

Mr Done will return to the place that shaped his early life tomorrow when he opens the 119th Maclean Agricultural Show.

It would be hard to find a more fitting person for the role, considering Mr Done’s own father Cliff was the Maclean Show Society’s honorary secretary in the 1940s.

Mr Done, 69, lived in Maclean from 1945 to 1950, and last attended the show some 60 years ago.

In 1948, his pet rooster won a prize in the show – a subject of one of his drawings.

He said another drawing, the aforementioned ‘Thinking about the house I grew up in in Maclean’, published in his latest book The Art of Ken Done, was about ‘the feeling’ of growing up there.

The acclaimed artist said he was looking forward to returning for a trip down memory lane.

“It will be wonderful to come back,” he said from his gallery, located at The Rocks in Sydney.

His daughter, son, daughter-in-law and grandchild will accompany him on the journey.

In his long career, Mr Done has exhibited more than 50 one-man shows 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.

Recently, he has devoted a great amount of his time to his painting, with his works being entered in the Archibald, Sulman, Wynne, Blake and Dobell prizes.

Highlights of his diverse career include his series of works published in the opening and closing ceremony programs for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, and his original work which has featured on the cover of weekly Japanese magazine Hanako for more than 10 years.

In 1992, Mr Done received the Order of Australia (AM) for services to art, design and tourism.

Mr Done will officially open the Maclean Show in the main ring about 2pm tomorrow.

He will also announce the winner of the 2010 Maclean Showgirl Quest.



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