Ken Done to visit Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre 2021

Ken Done. Picture: Sturat Spence

Ken Done. Picture: Sturat Spence

Liverpool Council's own 'Done' will be on display at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) next month.

CPAC was gifted an artwork from Ken Done's personal collection by the Ken Done Gallery in The Rocks in 2011.

The artwork titled 'Square Beach' was painted in 1990 and hand-picked by the council for its own collection and will be displayed as part of two exhibitions in July.

It portrays a quintessential landscape close to the heart of many Australians; the beach in summer.

Liverpool mayor Wendy Waller said for many in the 1980s Ken Done's art was as Australian as vegemite or a trip to the beach.

She said the council was proud to claim this piece as its own.

"While our great city of Liverpool isn't home to any major Australian beaches, we are still connected through our major waterway, the Georges River; and for many of our landlocked residents, heading to the beach is one of their favourite pastimes to beat the summer heat," she said.

"In recent years Liverpool has also emerged as an art capital in south west Sydney with many of our CBD's streets and laneways brought to life by talented local artists."

'Square Beach', has been widely seen as part of exhibitions in Japan in 1991 and France in 1996 and was even hung in Parliament House.

The iconic painting will be featured in two CPAC exhibitions.

Ken Done's 'Square Beach' was painted in 1990 and hand-picked by the council for its own collection.

Ken Done's 'Square Beach' was painted in 1990 and hand-picked by the council for its own collection.

The first exhibition Liveable Art: Stories of Done Art and Design, running from July to October, features a comprehensive collection of Done-designed products that have held a special place in Australian households from clothing and accessories to stationery and homewares.

It will run alongside a second exhibition, called Paintings You Probably Haven't Seen: Selected Works 2000 - 2020,featuring a selection of paintings executed between 2000 and 2020, largely from his own private collection.

Complementing both exhibitions will be An Evening with Ken Done, held at CPAC on Saturday, July 31 where Done will intimately reflect on his career to date in a conversation with CPAC director Craig Donarski.

"Our reputation as a cultural destination continues to grow each year, and these exhibitions and events help us to appeal to people from all walks of life," Cr Waller said.

"I invite everyone to visit these exhibitions at Casula Powerhouse for a nostalgic look back at Australia though the eyes of one of Australia's most iconic artists."

Done has spent many years of his artistic practice capturing the Australian beach through paint.

He will also be the inspiration for burgeoning artists at several primary schools across the Liverpool Local Government Area who will be tasked with doing their own 'Done'-style painting.

Tickets to An Evening with Ken Done are $35 and available to purchase from: www.casulapowerhouse.com