Donald Friend

Donald Friend (1915-1989) was not only a famed decorative painter, but one of the finest draughtsmen in the history of Australian art. 

Born into a wealthy NSW pastoralist family, highly educated, a great reader and a lifelong diarist, like Patrick White he grew up hating the shallowness of Sydney society. At Cranbrook he dressed like Oscar Wilde and drank gin. The Duke, as he became known, flouted convention throughout his life, and was famously described by Robert Hughes in 1964 as like “a Regency rake born out of his time, some Mohock or Masher entering his middle age with a seat on the committee of the Hell-Fire Club”. 
 
His talent developed early, and the diaries he kept from the age of 13 (now in the National Library) show his determination to become an artist. At 17 he lived for a time with a North Queensland family of Torres Strait Islanders by the name of Sailor, finding acceptance and beginning a superb series of drawings. From then on his output was prodigious. 
 
When Donald had a stroke and lost the use of his left hand he just
changed hands, and inspired by an image from a book cover on Egyptian
art, he created a “farewell to life” etching titled “Profile” is
available in Limited Edition along with several of Donald's preparation
sketches.
  1. CK Gallery
    Profile, 1st State, 5/12, Etching, Plate, 25 x 25cm, $600
  2. CK Gallery
    Three Musicans IV, 1st State, 4/10, 10 x 15cm, $600
  3. CK Gallery
    Musican V, Trio with Flute, 1st State, 9/10, 15 x 10cm, $600
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