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

The Crossing 2016 (installation view)
Video 15:50 minutes
Edition 1/3
The Stain 2015
Oil on polyester
265 x 202 cm
First Person Shooter 2016
Oil on linen_
265 x 202cm
Oil on canvas 80 x 70 cm 2013
Oil on canvas
80 x 70 cm
Joe (Quilty) 2014
Oil on canvas
80 x 70 cm