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An exotic garden viewed at different levels



Donald Friend


06 Feb 1915 - 16 Aug 1989


Other Title

(An exotic garden) pair of doors



Media category


Materials used

oil and mixed media on pair of doors with glass panels


two doors: each door 183.0 x 45.0 cm; 183.0 x 90.0 cm overall; 192 cm x 96.5 cm x 16.9 cm frame :

a - left door, 183 x 45 cm, left door

b - right door, 183 x 45 cm, right door

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Purchased 1988


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Donald Friend

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history

Referenced in 8 publications


Helen Campbell, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Out of Sydney: city and hinterlands', pg. 185-186, Sydney, 2000, 207 (colour illus.), 300.

Dr Paul Hetherington, The art of Donald Friend Ceylon, 'The assimilation of ideas', pg. 46-49, Colombo, 2004, 2 (colour illus.), 48.

Lou Klepac, Australian painters of the twentieth century, 'Donald Friend', pg. 112-123, Sydney, 2000, 120 (colour illus.), 121.

Ewen McDonald, AGNSW Collections, 'From Colonialism to late Modernism', pg. 7-106, Sydney, 1994, 64 (colour illus.).

Barry Pearce, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'Introduction: Convergent Spirits', pg. 10-19, Sydney, 2002, 17 (colour illus.), 143, 147.

Barry Pearce, Donald Friend Retrospective 1915-1989, 'Introduction', pg. 9-20, Sydney, 1990, 86, 87b (colour illus.). 66

David Robson, Beyond Bawa: Modern mastersworks of monsoon Asia, '3. Brief encounters', pg. 38-48, London, 2007, 46 (colour illus.). Photo of the door located in the corridor of Geoffrey Bawa's Colombo residence.

Lisa Slade and Rachael Kirsten, Enter Art, Sydney, 2000, cover (colour illus.), sheet number 5 (colour illus.). Education kit produced by the NSW Dept of Education and Training as teaching resource for primary school teachers.