Ben Quilty

Ben Quilty paints like there is no tomorrow. … Quilty uses licks of luscious paint to conjure his subjects which include his beloved LJ Torana, his ‘wasted’ mates, his son Joe and more recently himself. His subjects are modern day memento mori; pithy reminders of our mortality and a call to live life in the fast lane.
 
Painting itself is also the subject of Ben Quilty’s work. He summons his subjects with a palpable physicality. Abstract slabs of vivid colour, often underpinned by urgent aerosol drawings, bring his subjects to life.

 

Ben Quilty LIVE! 8 May – 19 July 2009 The University of Queensland Art Museum

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The Dean of Melbourne, the Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe, Ben Quilty and Mirra Whale with ‘Not a creature was stirring’ at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne 2018. Photograph by Jacqui Shelton.
Mirra Whale and Ben Quilty with ‘Not a creature was stirring’ at St Paul’s Cathedral. Photograph by Jacqui Shelton.
The Bottom Feeders exhibition at Sydney Contemporary. Photograph by Jacquie Manning.
The Bottom Feeders exhibition at Sydney Contemporary. Photograph by Jacquie Manning.
‘Not a creature was stirring’ sculpture. Sydney Contemporary, 2018. Photograph by Jacquie Manning.