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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Ben Quilty

b. 1973, Australia

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.

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).

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Featured Artworks

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Leisa by Ben Quilty contemporary artwork Ben QuiltyLeisa, 2018 Colour etching with aquatint
76 x 57 cm
Tolarno Galleries
Lloydy by Ben Quilty contemporary artwork Ben QuiltyLloydy, 2018 Two plate color etching
76 x 57 cm
Tolarno Galleries
Kenny by Ben Quilty contemporary artwork Ben QuiltyKenny, 2018 Two plate color etching
76 x 57 cm
Tolarno Galleries
Eric by Ben Quilty contemporary artwork Ben QuiltyEric, 2018 Two plate color etching
76 x 57 cm
Tolarno Galleries
Pancreatitis (Kenny) by Ben Quilty contemporary artwork Ben QuiltyPancreatitis (Kenny), 2018 Oil on linen
265 x 202 cm
Tolarno Galleries
Santa's Little Helper 2 (Pat) by Ben Quilty contemporary artwork Ben QuiltySanta's Little Helper 2 (Pat), 2018 Oil on linen
202 x 180 cm
Tolarno Galleries
Santa's Little Helper by Ben Quilty contemporary artwork Ben QuiltySanta's Little Helper, 2018 Oil on linen
202 x 180 cm
Tolarno Galleries
The Biggest Bottom Feeder by Ben Quilty contemporary artwork Ben QuiltyThe Biggest Bottom Feeder, 2018 Oil on linen
265 x 202 cm
Tolarno Galleries

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Ben Quilty, Notes on Chaos at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
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15 February–17 March 2018 Ben Quilty Notes on Chaos Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, @50 Part 2 at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
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28 July–12 August 2017 Group Exhibition @50 Part 2 Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, @50 Part 1 at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
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6–22 July 2017 Group Exhibition @50 Part 1 Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

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Sydney Summer Report Ocula Report Sydney Summer Report 12 Jan 2016 : Rachel Fuller for Ocula

When Silence Falls
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
19 December 2015 - 1 May 2016Currently showing in the contemporary galleries of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, When Silence Falls is a collection-based, group exhibition curated by AGNSW curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, Cara Pinchbeck.

When...

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Sydney Contemporary Wrap Ocula Report Sydney Contemporary Wrap 15 Sep 2015 : Jane O’Sullivan for Ocula

A marble bench sat out of the front of the Pearl Lam Galleries stand at the Sydney Contemporary art fair last week. Inscribed with Chinese characters, and without a card stating the artist or artwork title, many visitors simply passed it by.Those who could read the inscription, and those who asked, found out it said: Don’t put too...

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Ben Quilty Ocula Conversation Ben Quilty Artist, Australia

With a Bachelor of Visual Communication from University of Western Sydney, a certificate in Aboriginal Culture and History from Monash University, and a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Painting from the Sydney College of the Arts, Ben Quilty’s work is all about Australia and its social, political, cultural and historical landscapes. The genesis of...

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In Related Press

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Archibald winner Ben Quilty critiques Santa and straight white men at Sydney Contemporary art fair Related Press Archibald winner Ben Quilty critiques Santa and straight white men at Sydney Contemporary art fair ABC News : 15 September 2018

An art fair is not the natural habitat of political statements; a temporary assembly of galleries hawking their wares primarily to cashed-up collectors, it's a parade of beauty and taste (good, bad, indifferent) that will, generally speaking, fit in the lounge room and impress the guests.

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Ben Quilty’s first survey exhibition in a decade heads to Adelaide Related Press Ben Quilty’s first survey exhibition in a decade heads to Adelaide Brand South Australia News : 13 September 2018

The Art Gallery of South Australia will be the first to host a major exhibition by one of Australia's most acclaimed contemporary artists.

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'I didn't eat for a week': The passion and pain of collecting art Related Press 'I didn't eat for a week': The passion and pain of collecting art The Sydney Morning Herald : 8 September 2018

On the eve of Sydney Contemporary art fair, five leading artists, collectors and philanthropists share their passion and tips for collecting art.Ben Quilty, artistBen Quilty, artist Ben Quilty never met the renowned Indigenous artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye, but he is the proud owner of one of her works, thanks to a heartfelt letter he wrote to a...

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Sydney Contemporary: From spider webs to Whiteleys at the amusement park of art Related Press Sydney Contemporary: From spider webs to Whiteleys at the amusement park of art The Sydney Morning Herald : 8 September 2017

In a former life, Sydney Contemporary Fair director Barry Keldoulis was a supervisor at Luna Park's Coney Island.Now – as director of a more adult sort of amusement park, a four-day feast of modern art beginning on Thursday at Carriageworks – he's reminded of the park's laughing clowns when he looks at some of the artwork from Chippendale's...

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