DONALD FRIEND Superb Original Signed 1952 Watercolour
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All Items: Archives: Fine Art: Pre 1960: item # 1081622
The NEW ANTIQUARIAN
Los Angeles, California
|DONALD FRIEND (Australian, 1915-1989). Subject: San Gimignano, Italy. Provenance: Los Angeles, California Estate of actress Clare Alden. A superb watercolor painting by famous Australian artist, writer and diarist Donald Friend. Measures 8 1/2 x 12 inches, image size. With original frame and matting, work measures 23 1/2 x 16 3/4 inches. Framed under glass. Medium: watercolor + ink on paper. Signed, dated and inscribed upper left: " Donald Friend '52 San Gemmiano [sic]." Condition: Work has not been taken out of frame but appears to be in excellent condition. SHIPPING IS $45 IN USA. PLEASE INQUIRE FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING. Artist's biography: Donald Friend was born in 1915 in Sydney and was brought up on his familyís property in north-western NSW. He trained as an artist in Sydney and London, but his sense of adventure saw him working in many places, particularly exotic locations such as Italy, Africa, Sri Lanka and Bali. He immersed himself in local culture and tradition, the sensuality of the places firing his imagination. He was based in Bali for years, not only turning out oils, watercolours and prints, but acting as a developer and businessman, buying bronzes and cloth until 1980 when he returned to Sydney and began a period of prolific artistic endeavour. Friendís art is hung in all the major Australian galleries and in many private and corporate collections. He was also an accomplished writer, publishing short stories, articles and cartoons. The National Library in Canberra possesses a list of his diaries and jottings, which consist of more than 1,000,000 words and 500 drawings and sketches. He was a great chronicler of his time and his journals document Australian culture from the 1930s through to the 1980s. Donald Friend died in Sydney in 1989.|