During his residency, poet Ron Pretty intends to test Patrick White’s theory of art against the life and work of the painters of Hill End, especially the work of Donald Friend. He will also compare Friend’s Hill End work with that from his years in Sri Lanka. Hillendia, The Cosmic Turtle and Art in a Classless Society & Viceversa are the Friend texts Pretty will concentrate on, especially as they throw light on his concept of art, and his history at Hill End. As well as writing an article based on his work, Pretty will also write a series of ekphrastic poems based on Donald Friend’s work.
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