An Inventive Magic: Donald Friend and his Diaries

23-24 Feburary 2001

Painter, draughtsman, printmaker, sculptor, illustrator, writer, genius, rascal—Donald Friend’s life attracted as much comment as his work. Born in 1915, he was one of Australia’s leading modern artists, mentioned in the same breath as Russell Drysdale and William Dobell. Starting as a teenager, and until his death in 1989, Friend recorded his life and the lives of the people around him in over 40 diaries providing a revealing account of more than four decades of Australian life and culture.

This fascinating conference explored Donald Friend’s artistic and personal life. It examined his life in Bali and his interest in Balinese art. The conference also looked at Donald Friend’s writings, particularly those in his substantial diaries, which are held by the National Library of Australia.

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Day one

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