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

Kuta Rorschach No 2 2013
Oil on canvas 8 Panels
220 x 520 cm
Ben Quilty Portraits 2013 – 2014
Installation view
Ben Quilty Portraits and Kuta Rorschach 2
Installation view Tolarno Galleries at Art Basel Hong Kong 2014
Foreground: Caroline Rothwell - Tygers
Scribblah 2013
Water soluble pencils
38 x 28cm
Untitled 2013
Water soluble pencils
38 x 28cm