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Inspirational Art Quotes by the famous Australian Contemporary painter Ken Done
Born Kenneth Stephen Done - Australia - 29th of June, 1940 / Lives Australia
Popular Ken Done paintings include his Sydney Harbour paintings, interiors, reef paintings and Australian summers. See Ken Done Painting called the Little Studio.
Ken Done Quotes
- "I opened my own
gallery, in 1980, which I always thought was the most honest thing
you could do. It's like a chef opening his restaurant."
- "I like working
at home. And I think, if you're a very disciplined worker, which
I am, you can work at home."
- "If I make a painting,
it should be seen for what it's set out to do too. A lot of the
things that I do, it's not all art. Some of it's design, some of
it's illustration, some of it's graphics, some of it's concept,
some of it's business and some of it, hopefully, is art."
- "Art shouldn't be
something that you go quietly into an art gallery and dip your forelock
and say 'I have to be very quiet, I'm in here amongst the art.'
It's here, art's everywhere. It's how you use your eyes. It's about
the enjoyment of visual things. And it's certainly not for any one
group of people."
- "I've always thought
that there shouldn't be any limit to the things that are well designed.
And I think that people who consider that art should only be kept
for art galleries and doesn't have a role in public life, I think
that's too narrow."
- "In the times in
which we live it is far too restricting to say that art can only
be found in art galleries and not touch people's everyday lives..
I want to use any means that are necessary to communicate to people
what I feel about things. There are no rules. And if there are rules,
then you may as well break them."
- "I think we should
have a new flag, whether its my design or not it doesn't matter
but simply that it is a symbol of the maturity that the country
had arrived at."
- "If I make a little
birthday card that somebody's going to buy for a dollar, it's not
the Sistine Chapel, but I hope it's a really good birthday card."
- "Wherever you are
in the world, there's always something about the Australian light.
There's something about the sharpness of it, something about the
clarity of it, something about the colours of Australia. And, hopefully,
something optimistic about Australian painting too."
- "Being an only child,
I think you use drawing as a comfort in a sense because drawings
can take you into all kinds of areas."
- "It seems acceptable
if a gallery or institution makes money off the artist, but less
acceptable that the artist makes it himself."
- "It's the reality
of the marketplace - if you make some things and you put them in
a shop and they are the right price and you treat people well, people
- "And it's much easier
for me in other countries. I mean, I have very big exhibitions in
Japan and London. My next exhibition in London will be the third
one. I'm very well reviewed there as an artist. It's quite.. it's
quite acceptable, I suppose and maybe I kind of brought it upon
myself.. that the first things that people saw of mine sought a
wide audience, and quite obviously so."
- "I was smart enough
to know that I needed to make some money."
- "I think art's a
fantastically honest business. You can tell a great deal about the
artist by looking at their work or their attitude to things and
it's quite blatant in my work of how much I love Australia or the
environment in which I live."
- "I was having a
colonoscopy and I was lying there, about to be examined by this
particular doctor. Curtain opened and an Indian man came with a
turban and he had a clipboard and he said, 'Mr Done?' And I said,
'Yeah.' He said, 'Mr Ken Done?' I said, 'Yeah.' He said, 'Are you
the famous Mr Ken Done?' And I said, 'Yeah.' He said, 'This would
be a great honour.'"
- "I've always painted.
I can't remember a time when I wasn't painting. Painting for me
is just about communicating about what I feel about the world or
the things around me and it's what I like to do best."
- "I was born in the
western suburbs, and even as a boy, I mean, I would run to the top
seat of the double-decker bus to get that first glimpse of Sydney
Harbour. And no matter how wide Sydney becomes, it's still essentially
about the harbour and about the harbour city. And the great thing
about it, no matter where you live in Sydney, the beaches are free,
so you can come to the harbour."
- "Towards the turn
of the century, when I'd done the booklet for the opening and closing
ceremonies of the Olympic Games, I realized I didn't want to do
that any more. We'd done it and it certainly enabled us to have
a nice lifestyle, but all I wanted to do was paint."