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 Wall 2016
Oil on linen
170 x 160 cm
Border force 2016
Oil on linen
170 x 160 cm
Border force (detail) 2016
Oil on linen
170 x 160 cm
The Stain 2016
Installation view
The Family 2016
Found Syrian refugee crisis lifejackets (deemed as environmental waste) ratchet strap and steel