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    03.08.19 ‘Quilty’ and ‘Olley – A Generous Life’ Up Late at QAGOMA

    Visitors to QAGOMA can this month experience the Quilty and Olley – A Genouous Life exhibitions after dark with the return of the Up Late program. Featuring events every Friday night during August, the Up Late program offers audiences an opportunity to attend live music, performances and talks in the heart of the gallery.

    For more information on the scheduled Up Late events, please click here.

    The Quilty and Olley exhibitions currently on show at QAGOMA, were also recently featured and reviewed in the Sydney Morning Herald and online media outlet, The Conversation.

    To read the Sydney Morning Herald article, please click here.

    To read the review featured on The Conversation, please click here.

    Image credit: Quilty installation at AGSA Photo: Grant Hancock

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    08.06.19 Ben Quilty and Margaret Olley Exhibitions at QAGOMA

    In the lead up to the opening of Quilty in Brisbane, Ben Quilty has been busy sketching large-scale drawings on the walls of GOMA in tribute to his friend and mentor – Margaret Olley. The artist has been using a series of vessels including jugs and teapots that have been cast in chalk, to create the large wall drawings. These vessels were cast from objects given to Quilty by Margaret Olley.

    Ben Quilty’s major survey exhibition, Quilty, will open alongside, A Generous Life, an exhibition of 100 paintings by Margaret Olley later this month at QAGOMA.

    ABC News journalist, Lisa Millar, spoke with the Quilty whilst he was working on the installation of his much anticipated survey show in Brisbane.

    To watch the video, please click here.

    Margaret Olley
    A Generous Life
    QAGOMA
    15 June – 13 October 2019

    Ben Quilty
    Quilty
    QAGOMA
    29 June – 13 October 2019

    Video credit: Courtesy the artist and QAGOMA

     

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    12.03.19 'Quilty' Now Open at AGSA

    Ben Quilty’s survey show, Quilty, has launched at the Art Gallery of South Australia to great acclaim. Developed by the Art Gallery of South Australia and curated by Lisa Slade, this exhibition is the first major survey on the artist’s work to date.

    Quilty will also tour to QAGOMA and the Art Gallery of New South Wales later this year.

    Read reviews of the exhibition in:

    The Conversation, please click here

    The Guardian, please click here

    Arts Hub, please click here

    The Sydney Morning Herald, please click here

    Image credit: Installation view of Quilty at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Photo: Grant Hancock.

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    23.02.19 Ben Quilty Feature in the Good Weekend

    A major article on Ben Quilty is featured in the latest Good Weekend magazine in The Sydney Morning Herald.

    Journalist, Brook Turner, sheds light on the life, career and recent obstacles faced by the artist. It also offers a fascinating perspective of his current exhibition, The Accident, which opened recently at Jan Murphy Gallery.

    Quilty, a major retrospective exhibition, will soon open at the Art Gallery of South Australia, and the article provides a deeper insight into the artist’s motivations and evolving practice as he reaches this significant point in his career.

    The Accident, is on display at Jan Murphy Gallery until Saturday 16 March and Quilty opens at the Art Gallery of South Australia Saturday 2 March (then tours to state galleries in Brisbane and Sydney).

    To read the article, please click here.

    Image credit: Ben Quilty. Courtesy of The Sydney Morning Herald. Photo: Tim Bauer

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    20.02.19 'Ben Quilty' Publication

    A major publication on Ben Quilty has been released by Penguin Random House Australia to coincide with a retrospective of his work at the Art Gallery of South Australia (then touring to QAGOMA and the Art Gallery of New South Wales),

    Titled, Ben Quilty, the publication documents the artist’s career to date and includes work from his early career through to his more recent projects. Featuring a forward by acclaimed writer and friend to the artist, Richard Flanagan, as well as texts by Lisa Slade, Vincent Namatjira, Justin Paton and Frank Young.

    Ben Quilty
    Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia Pty Ltd
    Hardcover, 352 pp, colour, fully illustrated, 30.0 x 26.0 cm
    ISBN: 978 0 14379 5940

    Available: $90 + $20 postage & handling
    Please email or phone the gallery on +61 7 3254 1855 to purchase this item.

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    24.11.18 Lisa Slade on Ben Quilty in The Australian

    Ahead of Ben Quilty’s major survey exhibition, Quilty, Lisa Slade Slade, Assistant Director, Art Gallery of South Australia, and the curator of Quilty, discusses his practice in a feature article. She explores the evolution of Quilty’s painting practice through the lens of his favourite colour, purple.

    To read the article, please click here.

    Image credit: Ben Quilty in his studio. Courtesy of The Australian. Photo: Hollie Adams

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    01.09.18 Ben Quilty Major Survey Exhibition

    Developed by the Art Gallery of South Australia and curated by Co-Acting Director Lisa Slade, a major survey exhibition of the work of
 Ben Quilty, Quilty, will be unveiled in
 Adelaide from March 2019, before a year of touring to the state galleries in Queensland and New South Wales.

    A fully illustrated book, published by Penguin Random House, will accompany the exhibition.

    Quilty

    Art Gallery of South Australia
    2 March – 2 June 2019

    QAGOMA
    29 June – 13 October 2019

    Art Gallery of New South Wales
    9 November 2019 – 2 February 2020

    For more information, please click here.

    Image credit: Ben Quilty. Photo: Daniel Boud

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    01.11.18 Ben Quilty in ‘Weapons for the soldier’

    Ben Quilty features in major collaborative exhibition, Weapons for the soldier, at Hazelhurst Arts Centre.

    Conceptualised by the young men of the APY Lands in north-western South Australia (Vincent Namatjira, Aaron Ken, Derek Thompson, Anwar Young and Kamurin Young), Weapons for the soldier brings together both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian artists in exploring themes of weaponry, warfare, and protecting land and Country.

    The official opening of the exhibition on Sunday 11 November 2018 also marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First World War.

    Weapons for the soldier
    Hazelhurst Arts Centre
    11 November – 3 February 2018

    For more information, please click here.

    Image credit: Ben Quilty   Irin Irinji   2018  oil on linen   224.0 x 551.0 cm

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    17.08.18 Ben Quilty 'Home' Publication

    Ben Quilty has released a new book titled Home: Drawings by Syrian Children. The publication features a collection of drawings by Syrian children reflecting on their forsaken homeland, with a foreword penned by Richard Flanagan.

    Home: Drawings by Syrian Children

    Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia, 2018
    Soft cover, 304 pp, fully illustrated, colour
    26.5 x 24.5 cm
    ISBN: 978 0 14379 154 6

    Available $45 + $20 postage & handling.

    Proceeds from the sale of this book will directly support World Vision’s Child Friendly Spaces, early childhood and basic education projects in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.

    Please email or phone the gallery on +61 7 3254 1855 to purchase this item.

    For further information and excerpts from the book, please click here. 

    Ben Quilty joined Jon Faine on ABC Radio’s The Conversation Hour to discuss the publication. To listen to the episode, please click here. 

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    02.02.18 Ben Quilty in ‘All We Can’t See: Illustrating the Nauru Files’ Exhibition

    Ben Quilty features in group exhibition, All We Can’t See: Illustrating the Nauru Files, at Yellow House Sydney.

    Focused on the Nauru Files published by The Guardian in August 2016, which leaked incident reports by staff of Nauru’s detention centres occurring between 2013–15, the exhibition sees 30 of Australia’s leading contemporary artists illustrate the files that revealed 2,116 individual cases of assault, sexual abuse, self-harm, child abuse and abhorrent living conditions endured by asylum seekers in the care of the Australian Government.

    All We Can’t See: Illustrating the Nauru Files
    Yellow House Sydney
    2 – 10 February 2018

    For more information, please click here.

    To read the Nauru Files and view artwork online, please click here.

    To read an article from The Sydney Morning Herald, please click here. 

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    02.12.17 Ben Quilty in NGV Triennial

    Ben Quilty features as one of more than 100 artists from 32 countries for the inaugural NGV Triennial, which surveys the world’s best art and design, across cultures, scales, geographies and perspectives.

    Quilty’s featured work will be High Tide Mark 2016, a recent acquisition for the NGV collection. The painting depicts a single life vest, rendered in a vibrant palette of lush orange and red paint. The work was produced in 2016, when Quilty was invited by World Vision Australia to travel to Greece, Serbia and Lebanon with author Richard Flanagan to witness firsthand the global refugee crisis.

    NGV Triennial
    NGV International
    15 December 2017 – 15 April 2018

    For more information, please click here.

    To listen to an ABC Radio Melbourne interview with journalist David O’Neil and Ben Quilty, please click here.

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    After Afghanistan Publication

    In October 2011, the Australian War Memorial commissioned Ben Quilty as the official war artist to visit Afghanistan with the Australian Army. After Afghanistan provides an insight into the work generated from his experiences.

    The publication features a foreword by Dr Brendan Nelson, Director Australian War Memorial, and essays by exhibition curator, Laura Webster.

    Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan

    Soft cover, 63 pp, fully illustrated, colour
    Publisher: Australian War Memorial, 2013
    ISBN: 9781921353147
    30.0 x 24.0 cm

    Available $20.00 + $10.00 postage and handling

    Please email the gallery or phone +61 7 3254 1855 to purchase this item.

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    Ben Quilty Publication

    In conjunction with solo exhibition, BEN QUILTY LIVE!, UQ Art Museum have produced a book. The publication features a foreword by Nick Mitzevich, and essays by Lisa Slade, Jacqueline Miller, Michael Desmond, Don Walker and Clare Lewis.
    Ben Quilty

    Publisher: University of Queensland Art Museum, 2009
    Soft cover, 144pp, fully illustrated, colour
    30.5 x 29.0 cm
    ISBN: 9781864999457

    Available $60 + $15 postage & handling

    Please email or phone the gallery on +61 7 3254 1855 to purchase this item.

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    04.04.17 Ben Quilty and Richard Flanagan Publication

    In January 2016 Ben Quilty and acclaimed Australian author, Richard Flanagan, travelled to Lebanon, Greece and Serbia as guests of World Vision. On this journey, they followed “the river that is the great exodus of our age: that of Syrian refugees.”

    The consequent publication, Notes on an Exodus, bears witness to the remarkable people they met on their journey and features an essay by Richard Flanagan and illustrations by Ben Quilty.

    Notes on an Exodus
    Soft cover 55 pp, illustrated, colour
    Publisher: Vintage, 2016
    ISBN: 978 0 14378 235 3

    A limited number of signed copies by both Richard and Ben are available for purchase with all proceeds going directly to World Vision.

    Available $50.00 including postage and handling.

    Please email the gallery or phone +61 7 3254 1855 to purchase this item.

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    14.10.17 Ben Quilty at Art Gallery of Ballarat

    Ben Quilty features in group exhibition, Romancing the Skull, at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Examining the continued symbolic depiction of the skull in art, this exhibition considers the ranging themes of mortality, piracy and rebellion.

    Featuring work by leading Australian contemporary artists alongside a number of international artists, Romancing the Skull also explores the culturally specific use of skull imagery.

    Romancing the Skull
    Art Gallery of Ballarat
    14 October 2017 – 28 January 2018

    For more information, please click here.

    Image credit: Ben Quilty   Alchemy   2005   oil on canvas   160.0 x 150.0 cm

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    13.10.17 Ben Quilty at Tweed Regional Gallery

    Go Figure: Works from the collection presents a selection of works from the Tweed Regional Gallery collection that showcase dynamic representations of the human figure and features work by Monica Rohan, Natasha Bieniek, Guy Maestri, Ben Quilty and others.

    Go Figure: Works from the collection
    Tweed Regional Gallery
    13 October 2017 – 21 October 2018

    For more information, please click here.

    Image credit: Ben Quilty   After Afghanistan, Hockney catalogue   2016   oil on linen   265.0 x 202.0 cm   Tweed Regional Gallery Collection

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    19.08.17 Ben Quilty at Art Gallery of New South Wales

    Ben Quilty is in a group exhibition, Something Living, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

    The exhibition explores figurative painting’s ability to observe and grapple with contemporary life and features work by Neo Rauch, George Baselitz, Dana Schutz, Quilty and others.

    Something Living
    Art Gallery of New South Wales
    19 August 2017 – 11 February 2018

    For more information, please click here.

    Image credit: Ben Quilty   Self-potrait, the executioner   2015   oil on linen   195.0 x 140.0 cm

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    20.07.17 Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Charity Auction

    Ben Quilty was commissioned to create a new work for the annual Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Charity Auction. The foundation aims to raise funds for organisations and projects that conserve land and marine life, protect indigenous rights, and address climate change.

    Curated by Lisa Schiff, the auction, which is in its fourth year, will be conducted by Simon de Pury and will feature artworks by artists including Quilty, Darren Bader, Lynda Benglis, Cecily Brown, Sam Durant, Tracey Emin, Urs Fischer and Adrian Ghenie, among others.

    Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Charity Auction
    Live Auction: 26 July 2017
    Online Auction Preview: 27 July – 9 August
    Online Bidding: 10 – 23 August

    To read an article about the auction by The Art Newspaper, please click here. 

    For more information, please click here.

    Image credit: Ben Quilty   2017   2017   oil on linen   265.0 x 202.0 cm

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    07.07.17 ‘Artist Profile’ Exhibition at Orange Regional Gallery

    Orange Regional Gallery will present a group exhibition of over 140 artists featured in Australian arts publication, Artist Profile over its ten year history.

    Curated by Editor Kon Gouriotis, and Deputy Editor, Lucy Stranger, the exhibition, Artist Profile: Australasian Painters 2007-2017 features living painters who have been featured in Artist Profile.

    The exhibition includes work by Lucy Culliton, Fiona Lowry, Guy Maestri, Robert Malherbe, Ben Quilty, Victoria Reichelt and Leslie Rice.

    Artist Profile: Australasian Painters 2007-2017
    Orange Regional Gallery
    8 July – 10 September

    For more information, please click here.

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    06.06.17 ‘Australia now’ in Germany 2017

    Ben Quilty has work on display in Berlin as part of the Australian Government’s cultural initiative Australia now – a year-long program celebrating Australian arts, culture, science and innovation across Germany in 2017.

    Exhibiting as part of group show, mad love curated by Del Kathryn Barton at A3 in Berlin, Quilty’s work will be displayed alongside artist such as Brook Andrew, Dale Frank, Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori and Patricia Piccinini.

    For more information on the Australia now program, please click here. 

    mad love
    Curated by Del Kathryn Barton
    A3 (Arndt Art Agency)
    Berlin, Germany
    6 June – 29 September 2017

    For more information on this exhibition, please click here.

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    01.06.17 Syrian Refugee Drawings

    In 2016, Ben Quilty was invited by World Vision Australia to travel to Greece, Serbia and Lebanon with author Richard Flanagan to witness firsthand, the international refugee crisis.

    Quilty’s exhibition, The Last Supper, contains a series drawings by children who were forced to flee their wartorn home of Syria. The drawings depict memories of their homeland and the turmoil which forced their departure.

    A resulting publication of Quilty and Flangan’s visit to Europe, Notes on an Exodus, features an essay by Flanagan and illustrations by Quilty. A limited number of signed copies are available through the gallery with all proceeds going directly to World Vision’s support of the Syrian Refugee Crisis.

    In an attempt raise awareness on this issue, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in partnership with Google have created an informative online timeline, Searching for Syria, highlighting the damaging effects of the war in Syria since 2011.

    To view Searching for Syria, please click here.

    Image credit: Drawings by Syrian Refugee children   2016

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    23.05.17 Ben Quilty interviewed by Art Collector

    Marcus James from Art Collector magazine interviewed Ben Quilty ahead of his upcoming solo exhibition, ‘The Last Supper’ at Jan Murphy Gallery.

    To read the article, please click here.

    Image credit: Ben Quilty   The blue pill (explain the world)   2016   oil on linen   182.0 x 173.0 cm

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    20.05.17 Ben Quilty in QWeekend

    Ben Quilty’s upcoming solo exhibition, ‘The Last Supper’ in featured in an article in The Courier Mail’s QWeekend magazine.

    Arts writer Phil Brown discusses Quilty’s current role as artist and activist, touching on the ranging themes explored in this most recent body of work.

    To read the article, please click here.

    Image credit: Ben Quilty  Vest   2017   oil on linen   80.0 x 70.0 cm

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    05.05.17 Ben Quilty in Art Guide Australia

    Ben Quilty’s upcoming solo exhibition, The Last Supper, has been previewed by Art Guide Australia in an article by Louise Martin-Chew.

    Quilty’s first solo exhibition in Brisbane since 2013, The Last Supper will run from 23 May until 17 June.

    To read the article, please click here.

    Image credit: Ben Quilty   The Last Supper no. 4   2017   oil on linen 265.0 x 202.0 cm

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    02.11.16 Ben Quilty at the Australian War Memorial

    Ben Quilty was commissioned by the Australian War Memorial to paint portraits of the people whose loved ones were either killed or suffered the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of their service in Afghanistan.

    The aim of the paintings is to raise awareness of the experiences of families in the aftermath of war, while acknowledging the unique and inspirational role they play. The resulting series of portraits are currently in an exhibition, The longest war.

    The longest war
    Australian War Memorial, Canberra
    25 October 2016 – May 2017

    For more information, please click here.

    Image credit: Three portraits from The longest war depicting from left to right; Elvi Wood lost her husband, Sergeant Brett Wood, killed in action in 2009; Leesa Kwok lives with the ongoing trauma of PTSD after her husband, Jamie Tanner completed deployments to East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq; and pictured, Elle-Lou Diddams’ Dad, Sergeant Blaine Diddams, was killed in Afghanistan in 2012 when Elle Lou was 15. Image courtesy of the artist.

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    02.12.16 Ben Quilty at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

    An exhibition of over 70 works by 50 contemporary and modern Australian artists will celebrate birds at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.

    Displaying artwork across a range of mediums and approaches, Birds: Flight paths in Australian Art explores the science, symbolism, beauty and curiosity of birds. Featured artists include Albert Tucker and Rover Thomas alongside contemporary artists, Ben Quilty, Brook Andrew, Fiona Hall, Christian Thompson and many more.

    Birds: Flight paths in Australian Art
    Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
    2 December 2016 – 12 February 2017

    For more information, please click here.

     

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    22.10.16 Ben Quilty in 'Sappers & Shrapnel'

    The work of Australian contemporary artists will be exhibited alongside what is known as ‘trench art’ in an exhibition titled, Sappers & Shrapnel at the Art Gallery of South Australia. The term ‘trench art’ describes objects made from the waste of warfare by solidiers, civilians and prisoners of war.

    Featuring trench art from the collection of the Australian War Memorial, alongside compelling contemporary artwork by artists such as Ben Quilty, Sappers & Shrapnel aims to explore the human need to make art, even in the throes of wartime.

    Sappers & Shrapnel: Contemporary art and the art of the trenches
    Art Gallery of South Australia

    11 November 2016 – 29 January 2017

    For more information, please click here.

    To read an ABC News article about Ben Quilty’s journey in Europe and the Middle East, please click here.

    Image credit: Ben Quilty   Hair   2016   Syrian refugee crisis life vests, Chios Greece   430.0 x 490.0 cm

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    15.07.16 Ben Quilty at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

    Contemporary Australian painting will be the focus of a new exhibition at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) in Melbourne. Painting. More Painting will feature the work of over 70 living Australian artists, including Ben Quilty, and aims to reflect upon the medium’s enduring importance.

    Conceived by ACCA Curator Annika Kristensen and Associate Curator Hannah Mathews, and developed in collaboration with ACCAs new Artistic Director/CEO Max Delany, this is the first major institutional exhibition of contemporary Australian painting in over a decade.

    Painting. More Painting will be presented in two chapters across ACCA’s four exhibition galleries. Fourteen artists will be featured in depth with solo presentations in the centre’s smaller galleries, while sixty other painters will be exhibited in a large panoramic display in the larger gallery space.

    Painting. More Painting
    Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
    Chapter 1: 29 July – 28 August 2016
    Chapter 2: 1 – 25 September 2016

    For more information on the exhibition, please click here

    Image credit: Ben Quilty   Straight white male, nose self portrait   2016   oil on canvas 130.0 x 110.0 cm

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    06.07.16 Ben Quilty in Art Guide Australia

    Ben Quilty has been interviewed by Art Guide Australia’s Tracey Clement. The article explores how Quilty’s willingness to engage with social issues has seen him labeled as an activist for human rights.

    Discussing his recent World Vision sponsored trip to Lebanon, Greece and Serbia, Quilty explains how he feels it is important for artists to contribute to the broader discussion on social issues.

    To read the article, please click here 

    Image credit: Photograph taken of life-jackets scattered across the shoreline during Ben Quilty’s visit to the Greek island of Lesbos in 2015.

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    10.06.16 Ben Quilty in Art of Music 2016

    Ben Quilty has made a new work to be auctioned for the 2016 Art of Music charity auction at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

    Presented by musician Jenny Morris, Art of Music combines the worlds of art and music and sees artists create unique original artworks inspired by iconic Australasian songs. All works are auctioned at a gala dinner with proceeds going to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, a charity that uses music in interactive therapy sessions to assist people with physical and psychological disabilities.

    Other featured artists include Lucy Culliton, Alex Seton, Guy Maestri, Michael Muir, Joan Ross, Nicholas Harding and Christian Thompson, who have each created their own musically inspired work. Ben Quilty has painted a portrait of Morris, and Stan Yarramunua has created a hand crafted didgeridoo.

    Art of Music 2016
    Grand Court of the Art Gallery of New South Wales
    Saturday 18 June
    Artwork viewing 6:30pm, Dinner & Auction 7:00pm

    For more information on Art of Music please click here

    To purchase tickets please click here 

    Image credit: Ben Quilty   Jenny Morris   2016   oil on linen   130.0 x 110.0 cm

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    28.04.16 Ben Quilty on ABC Radio National

    Andrew Ford, a presenter on Radio National and an accomplished music composer, lives three doors down the road from Ben Quilty in the NSW Southern Highlands. The pair often sit down to discuss life, art and the creative process.

    They feature on program, Three front doors and a paddock, on ABC Radio National discussing art and life. There are four episodes in the insightful series of conversations and transcribed excerpts can be viewed here

    To listen to the full episodes online please click here 

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    13.04.16 Ben Quilty on Meet the Mavericks

    Ben Quilty and filmmaker Warwick Thornton featured in episode one of ‘Meet the Mavericks’ on ABC TV.

    The show pairs Australian creative talents together for a free-range conversation about life and their respective creative pursuits. Quilty ands Thornton discuss masculinity, rasicm, using art to make a statement and share a bond over their mutual love of cars.

    To watch the episode, please click here 

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    31.03.16 Ben Quilty on Home Delivery

    Ben Quilty featured as the most recent guest on Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery on ABC TV. In the episode Quilty takes Zemiro back to his childhood home in Kenthurst to revisit the surrounds of where he grew up.

    To watch the full episode, please click here

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    12.03.16 Ben Quilty at Tarrawarra Museum of Art

    Ben Quilty’s work is currently in Panorama at Tarrawarra Musuem of Art. Drawn from works from the Museum’s collection, the exhibition aims to  explore the ranging ways in which artists have represented the Australian landscape over the past several decades.

    Panorama will feature works by pioneering landscape artists such as Russell Drysdale, John Olsen and Sydney Nolan, alongside work by contemporary artists.

    Curated by Anthony Fitzpatrick and Victoria Lynn, the exhibition will be staged in two parts with different selections of works in each installment.

    Panorama Part One runs from 12 March – 15 May

    Panorama Part Two runs from 19 May – 31 July

    For more information, please click here 

    Image credit: Ben Quilty   Rorschach after Von Guerard   2009   oil on linen   230.0 x 804.0 cm

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    05.03.16 Ben Quilty in The Guardian

    Ben Quilty recently travelled to Lebabon, Greece and Serbia with acclaimed author Richard Flanagan as a guest of Wold Vision. The two visited refugee camps where they met some of the 5 million Syrians who have fled their war torn country.

    Quilty provided children in the camps crayons and paper and encouraged them to draw their memories of Syria.  The artist himself also documented the people he met, and some of his drawings and those made by the children have been featured in The Guardian.

    To view the drawings, please click here 

    Image credit: Ben Quilty   Yasmin, Lesbos   2016   pencil on paper

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    13.09.15 Ben Quilty at Sydney Contemporary 2015

    Jan Murphy Gallery exhibited a new body of work by leading Australian contemporary painter Ben Quilty at the 2015 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair. It was the artist’s first solo exhibition in Sydney for six years and featured new large scale oil paintings.

    Held from 10 – 13 September at Carriageworks, the fair is an opportunity to see the best of contemporary Australasian art under one roof.

    For more information on Sydney Contemporary, please click here.

    Read a review of Sydney Contemporary 2015 in Ocula by arts writer Jane O’Sullivan here.

    Image credit: Ben Quilty   King (Brandon)    2015   oil on polyester   265.0 x 202.0 cm

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    08.04.15 Ben Quilty and Alex Seton in The Canberra Times

    Ben Quilty and Alex Seton’s exhibitions at the Australian War Memorial were reviewed by Sasha Grishin from The Canberra Times.

    Ben Quilty’s After Afghanistan and Alex Seton’s As of today…. are two exhibitions that deal with Australia’s involvement in the war in Afghanistan. The review is an insightful look into the similarities and differences of how the two artists have approached this theme.

    To read the article, please click here.

    Image credit: Ben Quilty   Sergeant P. After Afghanistan   2012   oil on linen   190.0 x 140.0cm    Courtesy of the artist and the QAGOMA collection

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    29.07.14 ABC's Mental Health week

    Ben Quilty and Robert Malherbe have donated works to the ABC Mental As online Art auction, which is raising funds for mental health research. The auction goes live today and finishes on Sunday the 12th of October. There are 10 paintings in all with some fantastic artists on board.

    Please click here for further information on the auction.

    Image credit: Ben Quilty   Private Phil Butler   2014   oil on linen   70.0 x 80.0 cm

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    24.07.14 Ben Quilty in Vogue Living

    Ben has a feature in the Arts section of the current copy of Vogue Living.

    Read the full article here.

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    20.07.14 Feature on Ocula website

    On Ocula’s website you can now find a profile on Ben Quilty.

    Please click here to read the full interview.

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    16.07.14 Ben Quilty Interview with Ocula

    Australian painter Ben Quilty was interviewed by Ocula Magazine in the wake of the opening of his first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom, which opened at Saatchi Gallery on 4 July 2014.  Curated by Nigel Hurst, the exhibition celebrates the announcement of Quilty as the overall winner of the inaugural Prudential Eye Awards in 2014.

    In the interview Quilty discusses his art practice, the themes in his work, his influences and recent projects.

    Please click here to read the full interview

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    05.07.14 Quilty on Sydney Morning Herald Cover

    Ben Quilty is the first Australian to have a solo exhibition at the Saatchi gallery.

    Ben Quilty features on the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald today. To read a full copy of the article please click here.

    Photo: Julian Andrews, Sydney Morning Herald.

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    13.06.14 QAGOMA Foundation Committee

    Ben Quilty   Sergeant P. after Afghanistan   2012   oil on linen   190.0cm x 140.0 cm

    We are thrilled to announce that the QAGOMA Foundation Committee has purchased Ben Quilty’s ‘Sergeant P after Afghanistan’. The Foundation will be raising funds to acquire this work. If you would like to make a donation or to read more, please visit this link.

    Phil Brown has written about the occasion for the Courier Mail. He says:

    A portrait of a proud but traumatised Australian soldier by one of the nation’s top artists will be Queensland’s next major art acquisition. The powerful painting, Sergeant P, after Afghanistan by Ben Quilty is the focus of the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art foundation’s 2014 appeal.

    A link to the full PDF of the article can be accessed here.

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    31.05.14 Saatchi Gallery

    Ben Quilty was declared the overall winner of the inaugural Prudential Eye Award for Contemporary Art in Singapore in January 2014. In addition to winning his category of painting from over 500 nominees, Ben will stage an exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery London in July 2014. The award celebrates and supports emerging artistic talent across greater Asia.

    Ben’s exciting first London exhibition will showcase his works from predominantly public galleries in Australia and precedes an extended painting residency in Paris in 2014.

    Here is a link to the Saatchi gallery website.

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    24.05.14 Ben Quilty in The Australian

    Ben Quilty in his studio in Robertson in the NSW Southern Highlands. Source:News Corp Australia.

    Ben Quilty prepares for his upcoming exhibition with the prestigious Saatchi Gallery, London. He discusses being the first Australian to exhibit with the gallery and more with Alex Speed in today’s The Australian. Read more here.

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    09.04.14 Courier Mail Review

    Phil Brown writes about Ben Quilty’s touring exhibition After Afghanistan, for the Courier Mail, Brisbane.

    Please click here for full article.

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    09.04.14 Australian War Memorial Touring Exhibition

    Ben Quilty’s touring exhibition After Afghanistan is on display at Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane from the 12th of April to the 7th June, 2014.

    A link to further information on the exhibition can be found here.

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    12.02.14 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art

    See Quilty’s work The Island, 2013, his largest canvas to date in Dark Heart, at the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. The exhibition features three of JMG gallery artists: Julia deVille, Ben Quilty and Alex Seton.

    The exhibition will take place from the 1st March to 11th May 2014.

    Please follow this link for further information.

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    16.01.14 Winner, Prudential Eye Award for Contemporary Asian Art

    Australian painter Ben Quilty, overall winner of the Prudential Eye Award for Contemporary Asian Art at the award ceremony in Singapore, Courtesy Prudential Eye Awards

    Congratulations to Ben Quilty, overall winner of the Prudential Eye Award for Contemporary Asian Art. Here, Ben is at the award ceremony in Singapore, Courtesy Prudential Eye Awards. Quilty will have a solo exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, London in the summer of 2014.

    Read more about the Prudential Eye Awards here.

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    18.12.12 21st Century Portraits Publication

    The hardcover 21st Century Portraits provides audiences with an insight into how portraiture looks in the 21st Century. Quilty features in the publication and is in great company alongside other high-profile International artists: Lucian Freud, Gerhard Richter and Mark Quinn.

    Published in Great Britain by the National Portrait Gallery Publications, National Portrait Gallery, St Martins Place, London.

    To order the publication please visit the National Gallery website here.

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