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A Moment With | Ken Done

A Moment With | Ken Done

Ken Done needs very little introduction. As one of Australia's most renowned artists, Ken's career spans from working as a Art Director in New York and London before settling in Australia to work as a full-time painter and creator of his iconic brand. This season we are lucky enough to be able to sleep under one of his beautiful paintings as he has teamed up with Sheridan to create a very limited selection of bedlinen, towels and cushions all donning his fabulous artwork. Today on My Design Alley Ken shares his inspiration behind the Sheridan by Collection range, the importance of colour in his artwork and his absolute ultimate indulgence.

Hi Ken, can you tell me about the inspiration behind your artwork for your collaboration with Sheridan? We sent a number of images to Sheridan, probably around 25 or 30 and I was thrilled with the ones they chose to use. There’s one related to the boats and the pattern and the colours that you find on Sydney Harbour, another related to the Barrier Reef and the third from a painting that came from an expedition we did to the Antarctic about 18 months ago.

 Ken Done  Antarctica  Quilt Cover Set from Sheridan. 

Ken Done Antarctica Quilt Cover Set from Sheridan. 

Was your design process the same when creating the artwork for the bedding as for your canvas artworks? The great thing about Sheridan’s use of the imagery is that nowadays its digitally printed therefore it’s precisely the painting that people will sleep under.

“Because the duvet cover is larger than the original painting, you can see the nuance of each brush stroke and the subtlety of each mark.”
 Ken Done  Sunday Sailing  Beach Towel from Sheridan. 

Ken Done Sunday Sailing Beach Towel from Sheridan. 

What do you love most about the Australian landscape? Like most Australians, I cling to the coast and therefore the beaches and further north, the amazing Barrier Reef, are always part of my passion. However I’ve done a number of trips to the outback, which also has led to a series of paintings.

“There is nothing like the sense of space and mystery and dramatic colours that you find in the central part of this amazing land.”

What does colour mean to you? Recently, Dr Sarah Engledow from the National Portrait Gallery described me as Australia’s preeminent colourist. I’m honoured to wear that title.

 Ken Done  Antarctica  Quilt Cover Set from Sheridan. 

Ken Done Antarctica Quilt Cover Set from Sheridan. 

You see the colours of the landscape in all its vivd and bright glory - is it specifically the Australian light that you capture and see in this way? There is some miraculous clarity about the Australian light when the sun is at its height, however the soft colours that you find in some landscapes can be just as beautiful.

“I’ve had the great fortune to travel to most places in the world, but my favourite destination is always home.”
 Ken Done  Saturday Sailing  Quilt Cover Set from Sheridan.

Ken Done Saturday Sailing Quilt Cover Set from Sheridan.

Your ultimate indulgence? It’s a long, long way from the 1950's when I'd have to save up for some decent paint, nice paper or a new brush...

“My ultimate indulgence is being able to go into an art supply store to purchase whatever I want.”
“My greatest passion? I am most passionate about my family and my grandchildren and the new, untouched canvases waiting in the studio.”

What are you loving at the moment? The clear sharpness of the winter water at dawn, some new jazz CDs that my daughter bought me and the occasional indulgence of caviar on toast for breakfast.

Thank you Ken! | Ken Done @kendonegallery 


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