A self taught artist, Searle's early paintings celebrated Kangerigars, an Australian mythological hybrid. Later he painted large celebrations of Sydney's urban landscape, and he has also painted in the Australian outback, including at Papunya,
Searle was jointly commissioned by the City of Ballarat and the University of Ballarat to complete a large panoramic view of Ballarat. The exhibition comprised the completed Ballarat painting along with over 40 working sketches and paintings.
Source: Solo Survey Exhibition Linkage Project, Tasmanian School of Art, UTAS BFAG annual report; National Library of Australia catalogue
Exhibition Catalogue: Ballarat / by Ken Searle. [Ballarat, Vic: Ballarat Fine Art Gallery], 1998 ISBN 0949063150