06 Feb 1915 - 16 Aug 1989
"Its single street, deep in the Turon valley is lined with a forest of verandah posts: the whitewash on shanties and abandoned stores cannot disguise their age-hitching posts, spring carts and bearded old-timers drowsing in the shade create the atmosphere of a different world ...".
George Farwell, 1947
Jaded by a frenzied city existence, Donald Friend and fellow artist Russell Drysdale made a trip from Sydney to the Bathurst area in August 1947, prompted by an article in the Sydney Morning Herald about the former gold-rush towns of the area. Stopping in Sofala, described in Friend's diary entry as 'a lovely crazy old village - perfect', the two artists made sketches of the main street from the same viewpoint.
Their respective paintings are a fascinating contrast of temperaments: Friend's quaint and light-hearted in mood, Drysdale's classical and brooding.
Friend was one of a remarkable group of figurative artists, dominated by Drysdale and Dobell and including Sali Herman and Jean Bellette, which flourished in spite of a tendency amongst a number of Sydney painters of the period, towards abstraction.
Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2001
oil, pen and ink on canvas
51.5 x 61.2 cm stretcher; 76.5 x 86.8 x 8.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated u.r. corner, black oil "DONALD. 47".
Gift of Margaret Olley 1995
Not on display
© Reproduced with permission of the Estate of Donald Friend. Licensed by Copyright Agency.
Shown in 10 exhibitions
Christmas 1947, Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 10 Dec 1947–24 Dec 1947
Unknown, Macquarie Galleries:
- Macquarie Galleries, Sydney 10 Dec 1947–24 Dec 1947
Unknown, Macquarie Galleries:
- Macquarie Galleries, Sydney 02 Jun 1948–14 Jun 1948
Donald Friend Retrospective 1915-1989:
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 09 Feb 1990–25 Mar 1990
- National Gallery of Victoria [St Kilda Road], Melbourne 14 Apr 1990–06 Jun 1990
- Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart 26 Jun 1990–19 Aug 1990
The Artists of Hill End:
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 29 Jul 1995–17 Sep 1995
- Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst Regional Council, Bathurst 06 Oct 1995–19 Nov 1995
- New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale 10 Feb 1996–31 Mar 1996
- Broken Hill City Art Gallery, Broken Hill 19 Apr 1996–26 May 1996
- Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat 07 Jun 1996–29 Jul 1996
Parallel Visions: Twenty-two artists from the Australian collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Feb 2002–May 2003
Margaret Olley and Donald Friend (2006):
Donald Friend: A charmed life, National Library of Australia, Canberra, 09 Nov 2006–04 Feb 2007
Australian modern masterpieces from the Art Gallery of New South Wales:
Margaret Olley - painter, peer, mentor, muse, S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks, 07 Jan 2017–26 Mar 2017
Referenced in 12 publications
Helen Campbell, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Out of Sydney: city and hinterlands', pg. 185-186, Sydney, 2000, 202 (colour illus.), 300.
Jackie de Diana, Look, 'Art and Australia: More views of European preludes and parallels', pg. 16-17, Sydney, Nov 2010, 13 (colour illus.).
Christine France, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'Donald Friend / Margaret Olley', pg. 128-139, Sydney, 2002, 129 (colour illus.), 132, 143, 147.
Paul Haefliger., The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Christmas art show stimulating', Sydney, 10 Dec 1947. page number unknown
Lou Klepac, Donald Friend: a charmed life, Canberra, 2006. Checklist of works.
Lou Klepac, Australian painters of the twentieth century, 'Donald Friend', pg. 112-123, Sydney, 2000, 116 (colour illus.).
Tatlock Miller., Sun, '28 give Christmas art show', Sydney, 10 Dec 1947. page number unknown
Barry Pearce, Donald Friend Retrospective 1915-1989, 'Introduction', pg. 9-20, Sydney, 1990, 58 (colour illus.). cat.no. 34; Collection: private collection
Renée Porter, Margaret Olley: painter, peer, mentor, muse, 'Margaret Olley: a celebration of life in paint', pg. 8-89, The Rocks, 2017, 12, 14, 15 (colour illus.), 111.
Kathie Sutherland, Brett Whiteley: A sensual lilne 1957-67, Victoria, 2010, 32.
Gavin Wilson, The artists of Hill End, Sydney, 1995, 38 (colour illus.), 118. plate no. 15
Editor Unknown (Editor), Margaret Olley Art Trust, Sydney, circa 1994, (colour illus.).