Ken Done | Guide Dogs NSW/ACT

by Ken Done

About the Artist

Ken Done’s first solo exhibition was held in Sydney in 1980. Since then, he has held over 50 one-man shows, including major exhibitions in Australia, Europe, Japan and the USA. His work has been described as the most original style to come out of Australia, and his paintings are in collections throughout the world. Ken’s work is now widely recognised as holding a unique position in Australia’s cultural heritage. In 1992, he received the Order of Australia (AM), for services to Art, Design and Tourism. In many parts of the world, Ken Done has come to symbolise Australia and Australians: creative, optimistic and bold.

About the artwork

Ken Done's art dog

Guide Dogs direct their handlers to either go, stop or take caution - just like traffic lights. That’s why the design of this dog incorporates eyes with these colours. This is a sculpture of a Guide Dog with seeing eyes. I’ve called him Spot, in memory of my beloved companion, Spot the dog, that for many years spent his life with me in the studio. He had a discerning eye and when I had completed a painting that we were happy with, Spot barked twice.