|Birth Day:||June 29, 1940|
|Height||Weight||Hair Colour||Eye Colour||Blood Type||Tattoo(s)|
He left high school when he was 14 years old to study at the National Art School in East Sydney from 1954 until 1959.
Ken Done, an only child, grew up in the northern suburbs of Sydney, New South Wales, and left high school at age 14 to study at the National Art School in East Sydney between 1954 and 1959. At the end of this decade he travelled abroad and began working with the New York and London based advertising agency J. Walter Thompson. He returned to Sydney in 1969 to follow his artistic desires. He became a full-time painter in 1975.
Done's first solo exhibition was in Sydney in 1980. To date he has staged over 50 exhibitions dedicated solely to his work. Done's work has been exhibited in Australia, Japan, and France, amongst others. His first European exhibition was held in Paris in 1996. In the year 2000 his works were exhibited in Los Angeles and in London.
He became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1988, and won the Australian father of the year award in 1989.
It was as a result of the commission to design the Entrance and exit statement at the Australian Pavilion, at World Expo 88, that he became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1988. That Statement became one of the most iconic parts and memories of Expo 88. He donated in effect the Signs to a college to the north of Brisbane. Of recent years the signs have sat rusting away, that was until, one student by the name of Kurt Jones, at the College, started a social media storm. A local purchased the signs and donated them to the Caboolture Historical Village. After a massive Six-month effort by the Caboolture Historical Village (https://www.historicalvillage.com.au/), they were unveiled, fully restored by Ken Done AM and Sallyanne Atkinson AO, on the 28th of October 2018, as the centrepiece event in the closing of the 30th Anniversary of Expo 88. Reference can now be found to the resulting Monument at http://monumentaustralia.org.au/display/113174-30th-anniversary-of-world-expo-88.
Ken Done created a design company called "Done Art and Design" with his wife Judy Done. The company started out by producing small runs of T-shirts featuring Done's art and the garment design of his wife Judy. In 1993 the company won the Fashion Industries of Australia's, Grand Award.
Ken Done has long been a supporter of art in Australia especially encouraging school students through awards and sponsorships, although Done decided to sue Australian band TISM for appropriating his work on an album cover. The album formerly named Australia the Lucky Cunt was released in September 1993 and depicted a Done-style koala with a syringe in its mouth. Done was angered by this use and obtained an injunction order to ban the sale of the album. The album was then re-released in November under the a new title Censored Due to Legal Advice and a new cover depicting four edited pictures depicting Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor on the TV show Saturday Night Live when she tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II. The images are edited to show the singer tearing up a sheet with TISM's logo and the album's new name on it.
In 1994 the Powerhouse Museum staged a major retrospective of Done's work.
During October 1995, Done was asked to create a series of flag designs by the then Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating. Republicanism in Australia was news at the time and Done submitted sixteen designs to Ausflag, some of which he had created as early as 1981.
In 2006 he designed and created the United Buddy Bear for Australia.
In 2015 from Dec 11 to Dec 20, 2015, Ken done exhibited a solo show of selected works produced throughout his career titled 'The Joy of Colour' at Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery in Seaforth, making this exhibition his first solo show within a commercial gallery that Ken Done has exhibited outside of his personally owned gallery located in The Rocks, Sydney.
His work for the 1988 World Exposition held in Brisbane Australia, the colourful Children of the World facade for the United Nations Pavilion, and the several 6 m high alphabet letter blocks that adorned the Entrance and Exit of the Australia Pavilion are largely regarded as playing a central role in the celebration and popular culture of Bicentennial Australia and were one of the most photographed works of art at the Expo. They have as part of the 30th Anniversary celebration of Expo 88 in 2018, been fully restored, including an interview with Ken Done.
Currently, Ken Done is 81 years, 3 months and 27 days old. Ken Done will celebrate 82nd birthday on a Wednesday 29th of June 2022.
Find out about Ken Done birthday activities in timeline view here.