Born in Sydney in 1915, Friend studied art in Sydney under Sydney Long and A. Dattilo Rubbo, completing his studies in London at the Westminster Art School. Held a one-man show in London in 1936. In the late 1930s he spent two years in Nigeria, returning to Australia in 1940 to enlist as an artillery gunner. He was later appointed war artist. After the war he wrote and Illustrated two books on his experiences. He further studied and worked in Europe in 1949. After living in Bali for many years, Friend returned to Australia, settling initially in Melbourne and then in Sydney. He wrote and illustrated several deluxe edition books and exhibited widely.
Donald Friend is one of the most prolific of the artists listed in our database, with the number of works offered for sale by auction since 1967 of 4,400, of which 2,938 (67%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $336,000 for Ayam2 Kesayangan: 1a Miscellanea 1968-1978 sold by Sotheby's in May 2007. This year 91 works have been offered for sale. Works by Donald Friend are held by the Australian War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia and a further nine major public national galleries (see list below).
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