Donald Friend—A Charmed Life

Donald Friend (1915–1989) was a painter, draughtsman, printmaker, sculptor, illustrator and writer as well as a traveller and satirist with acute powers of observation. His lifestyle attracted as much comment as his work.

Containing 155 works from private collections and national institutions, Donald Friend–A Charmed Life takes the viewer to Hill End, depicts Friend’s life as an official war artist, and traces his time overseas in London, Ceylon and Bali and in his hometown Sydney.

The highlight of the exhibition is the inclusion of 44 of Friend’s diaries from the National Library’s collection. On display for the first time, the diaries are a mixture of gifted writing and magnificent watercolour, pen and ink, and gouache drawings of some of the people, places and events that influenced his life, as well as studies for his paintings.

9 November 2006 – 4 February 2007
Exhibition Gallery, Open daily 9am– 5pm, free

NOTE:
All Images are in high resolution JPEG format approximately A4 @ 300dpi.

Donald Friend (1915–1989)
The Sherry Opening
Manuscript Collection, MS5959/33/138-139
National Library of Australia

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Donald Friend (1915–1989)
Upstairs Front Room
Manuscript Collection, MS5959/46
National Library of Australia

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Donald Friend (1915–1989)
Grim Reaper
Manuscript Collection, MS5959/46
National Library of Australia

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Donald Friend (1915–1989)
Still Life with Flowers, Magnetic Island
Manuscript collection, MS5959/36
National Library of Australia

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Ross Dearing
Donald Friend in one of the houses on his property, Bali 1975
Pictures Collection nla.pic-an24079883
National Library of Australia

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Donald Friend (1915–1989)
Dalmation Dog
Manuscript Collection, MS5959/46
National Library of Australia

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Donald Friend (1915–1989)
The Merry-go-round, Bondi Junction
Manuscript Collection, MS5959/46
National Library of Australia

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Donald Friend (1915–1989)
Self Portrait 1982
Manuscript Collection, MS5959/46
National Library of Australia

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Donald Friend (1915–1989)
Portrait of American Negro Sailor
Manuscript Collection, MS5959/19
National Library of Australia

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Donald Friend (1915–1989)
English in a Pub
Manuscript Collection, MS 5959/36
National Library of Australia

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Donald Friend (1915–1989)
The Piazza, Portofino
Manuscript Collection, MS 5959/34
National Library of Australia

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Donald Friend (1915–1989)
Michelle
Manuscript Collection, MS 5959/36
National Library of Australia

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