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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Ben Quilty – Eric 2018
two plate colour etching, printed by Tony Ameneiro
76 x 57cm
edition of 20
Ben Quilty – Kenny 2018
two plate colour etching, printed by Tony Ameneiro
76 x 57 cm
edition of 20
Ben Quilty – Lloydy 2018
two plate colour etching, printed by Tony Ameneiro
76 x 57 cm
edition of 20
Notes on Chaos 2018
After Achille Deveria, A night of excess | The Last Supper no. 9 | Coast Guard
Installation view. Photo by Andrew Curtis
Notes on Chaos 2018
After Achille Deveria, A night of excess | The Last Supper no. 9 | A fascination, The Last Supper 2017 oil on linen 265 x 202 cm | Coast Guard
Installation view. Photo by Andrew Curtis