Liveable Art: Stories of Done Art and Design at Casula Powerhouse
In his heyday, Australian artist Ken Done established something of an empire – including 15 shops and more than 150 staff – proving that well-regarded art could be lucrative too. Now, Done’s life and work are being celebrated in a 10-week-long exhibition at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, showcasing art and memorabilia from his 40-year career.
Liveable Art: Stories of Done Art and Design brings together a large collection of brightly hued designs from Done’s past artistic catalogue, featuring clothing, accessories, stationery and homewares – think signature Ken Done mugs, doona covers, T-shirts and tea towels. The arts centre has reached out to collectors (both international and Australian) of Done’s pieces, and they’ll be sharing their memories and experiences of the artist alongside a display of his designs.
A second exhibition called Paintings You Probably Haven’t Seen: Selected Works 2000–2020 showcases some of Done’s relatively unseen, more recent works. In this display, you’ll find a curated selection of paintings (mainly from his own private collection) heavily inspired by close personal relationships and his home on Sydney’s Chinamans Beach.
And if you’d like to get some insight from the artist himself, An Evening with Ken Done is a conversational sit-down event on July 31 delivering just that. Accompanied by archival footage, the artist will reflect on his colourful life, sharing stories about his art career (which he launched full-time at age 40) and family life.
Liveable Art: Stories of Done Art and Design and Paintings You Probably Haven’t Seen: Selected Works 2000–2020 open on July 24 and run until October 3. Entry is free.