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b. 1973, Australia

Ben Quilty Biography

Ben Quilty is a prominent Australian artist. His paintings are recognisable for their richly impastoed surfaces and extremely expressive forms. Quilty subverts traditional notions of portraiture to create works that explore the relationship between the personal and the cultural. In doing so, Quilty’s multi-dimensional paintings address confronting and unsettling subject matter that at once challenges the viewer and the limits of the artist’s chosen medium.

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In 2011, Quilty was appointed Australia’s official war artist. He observed the activities of the Australian Defence Force in Kabul, Kandahar, and Tarin Kowt and subsequently spent six months producing work for the Australian War Memorial’s National Collection. In 2016 Quilty travelled to Lebanon, Greece, and Serbia as a guest of World Vision alongside author Richard Flanagan to document the plight of Syrian refugees. Works both by the artist and by the refugee children that he encountered were exhibited in a solo exhibition titled The Stain at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.

Ben Quilty has been the recipient of numerous awards including the 2014 Prudential Eye Award, the 2011 Archibald Prize, the 2009 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, and the National Artists Self Portrait Prize in 2007. Quilty received an Honorary Doctorate of Creative Arts from the Western Sydney University in 2015.

Quilty’s work is held in collections at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, and the Queensland University of Technology Art Collection. The artist’s recent exhibitions have included Straight White Male at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong (2015); Drawing at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne (2014); After Afghanistan at the National Art School Sydney (2013); and The Fiji Wedding at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne (2013).

Ben Quilty Featured Artworks

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Freefall by Ben Quilty contemporary artwork sculpture
Ben QuiltyFreefall, 2021Bronze
184 x 69 x 38 cm
Tolarno Galleries Contact Gallery
The Crowd by Ben Quilty contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Ben QuiltyThe Crowd, 2021Oil on linen
180 x 202 cm
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Tolarno Galleries
The Beach by Ben Quilty contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Ben QuiltyThe Beach, 2021Oil on linen
188 x 142.5 cm
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Tolarno Galleries
Cronulla by Ben Quilty contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Ben QuiltyCronulla, 2021Oil on linen
188 x 142.5 cm
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Tolarno Galleries
Peanut Eaters no. 2 by Ben Quilty contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Ben QuiltyPeanut Eaters no. 2, 2021Oil on linen
142.5 x 188 cm
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Tolarno Galleries
The Encouragement Award no. 2 by Ben Quilty contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Ben QuiltyThe Encouragement Award no. 2, 2021Oil on linen
142.5 x 188 cm
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Tolarno Galleries
Tribulation by Ben Quilty contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Ben QuiltyTribulation, 2021Oil on linen
188 x 142.5 cm
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Tolarno Galleries
The Fighter by Ben Quilty contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Ben QuiltyThe Fighter, 2021Oil on linen
142.5 x 188 cm
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Tolarno Galleries

Ben Quilty Recent Exhibitions

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