Quilty is a stunning exhibition of the works of socially engaged contemporary artist Ben Quilty, whose mentor was one of Australia's greatest artists Margaret Olley, held concurrently at GOMA with Margaret Olley: A Generous Life.
Curated by Dr Lisa Slade, Assistant Director, Artistic Programs, AGSA, ‘Quilty’ includes the artist’s revisions of the Australian landscape, raw intimate self-portraits and images of family and friends, as well as works inspired by visits to Lebanon, Lesbos and Serbia
The exhibition also features powerful portraits of Australian men and women who served in the war in Afghanistan and the late Bali Nine member Myuran Sukumaran, as well as The Last Supper, a series of paintings created in 2017 in response to the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America.
Nice to know - While ‘Quilty’ is showing at GOMA, the Children’s Art Centre will feature a project for children and families developed in collaboration with the artist, his 13-year-old son Joe and 10-year-old daughter Olivia.
Image credits top to bottom:
Ben Quilty, Australia, born 1973 - The Last Supper 2016; Oil on linen /204.0 x 267.0 cm; Private collection. Courtesy the artist
Ben Quilty, Australia, born 1973 - Torana no. 5 2003; Oil on canvas /120.0 x 130.0 cm; Private collection Courtesy the artist; Photograph: Philip Betts, Murray Betts Group
Portrait of Ben Quilty. Photograph: Daniel Boud
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Jun 29 - Oct 13