Thursday, 28 July 2016

Done (July)

Ken Done has thoughts like a tourist attraction. The Uluru side of his mind is speckled with gold, the creative side is all Harbour Bridge. One eye is ‘Banjo’ Patterson blue, the other Unaipon yellow. He leads with a chin of Reibey orange. As they say on Play School, “Today it’s the square window. Hockney without the line, Picasso without the forethought.” The catalogue remarks on Ken’s “trademark moustache”. His left cheek costs like the Opera House, his right cheek has more front than Foys. The portrait is destined for a calendar. July: ‘Me’, oil and acrylic on canvas (1992). 

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