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

Ben Quilty – The Gardner (Bottom Feeders) 2018
oil on linen
265 x 202cm
Ben Quilty – The Easter Bunny 2018
oil on linen
265 x 202cm
Ben Quilty – Development Application (John Glover) 2018
oil on linen
202 x 180cm
Ben Quilty – Candy 2018
oil on linen
183 x 173cm
Ben Quilty – Leisa 2018
colour etching with aquatint, printed by Tony Ameneiro
76 x 57 cm
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