"[I can] make works that are not necessarily just on scale, but there are layers, and they take longer," he says.
Quilty will discuss his latest body of work, 150 Years, with particular focus on the major new multi-panel work 150 Year, Rorschach. Quilty is undoubtedly one of Australia’s best-known and highly-regarded contemporary painters. In 2014, he was selected as the winner of the Prudential Eye Award, Singapore, and invited to become the first Australian to hold a solo exhibition at Saatchi Gallery in London. These days Quilty juggles his art making and activism with his responsibilities at the AGNSW, where he is an active board member. “It’s unbelievable to see what two of my heroes have achieved: I feel like I’m in the presence of greatness.”. The Prudential Eye Programme are proud to present the first UK solo exhibition of the Australian painter Ben Quilty. The best things come when you're on your own in your studio. For an artist of just 45 years old, it's a huge achievement but one that also leaves Quilty feeling uneasy. When Broadsheet chats to him he has just attended the ground-breaking ceremony for the new $344 million Sydney Modern Project, which on completion will allow the gallery to accommodate more visitors and better show its extensive collection of Indigenous art. A living Australian artist is rarely offered a solo exhibition in any of the country's major art museums. He leveraged his media profile and a self-deprecating, no-BS character to elevate good painting in the Archibald Prize and proselytise about art education in high schools. The AGNSW incarnation of the show is particularly meaningful for Quilty; he first exhibited his HSC artwork there at 17 as part of Artexpress in 1991, and also won the gallery’s Archibald Prize with his portrait of Margaret Olley in 2011. For press enquiries please contact: Valeska Hageney, firstname.lastname@example.org, Ben Quilty, "An Angry Mob" (2019), Oil on linen, 265 x 202 cm, Join us at 7.30 pm for an exhibition walk-through, Special Opening Hours during CHARLOTTEN WALK, Special Opening Hours during BERLIN ART WEEK. The more I do it, the more I find the more addicted I'm to doing it.". The exhibition charts Quilty’s work in four rooms, beginning with the artist’s early reflections on the initiation rituals performed by young Australian men, then his experience as an official war artist in Afghanistan. One of the artist’s recurrent self-portraits is also included within the selection of works, acting as a reference point and anchor for Quilty’s own psychological state and anxiety concerning world affairs. "To be that close to it [was extraordinary]. He campaigned to overturn the death penalty conviction of Australian Bali Nine drug trafficker Mayuran Sukumaran, and curated a show of the late artist's work. Ben Quilty, "An Angry Mob" (2019), Oil on linen, 265 x 202 cm. Ben Quilty will be in conversation with ABC Radio presenter Robbie Buck at Art After Hours on Wednesday November 13.
I'll be lucky to make 2,000 or 3,000 in my whole lifetime," he says. Ponder while you tackle this week's News Quiz, DFAT boss warns Beijing could use 'robust' China policy debate to portray Australia as 'intolerant', 'All I can say is, poor chook': Teen cracks open one-in-25-million surprise, Sweden hits record for new COVID-19 cases amid warning that herd immunity is not 'ethically justifiable', One new local case of coronavirus in NSW as child tests positive, Teacher who showed TikTok suicide video to students keeps his job. Despite feeling uncomfortable with the media attention, Quilty is well aware that one of the upsides of this media profile is the ability to speak out. I was helping decide which images were right for the community, I saw very clearly how important that media role is. The 'real conflict' many Melburnians are feeling as restrictions lift across the city, Why the future of quarantine may be less onerous … and cheaper. In response, Quilty has addressed these ideas in his painting. An instantaneously notorious image of Quilty as Jesus, complete with a crown of barbed wire that graced the front cover of the Good Weekend magazine, sent social media into meltdown. View Ben Quilty’s artworks on artnet. Quilty's art is an intense, autobiographical record of his life. Quilty is showing at the Art Gallery of NSW from November 9, 2019 until February 2, 2020. The Difficulty . But it was while he was working as a tape operator, and later as an editor, for the Seven Network that Quilty had two defining early experiences which taught him how deeply images matter and helped define the direction of his work. How does the early work look in retrospect? Yet the survey show offers Quilty a rare opportunity to consider the sum of his output. Set amid surrealist backdrops, an apocalyptic global turmoil and imbalance is suggested. Does he? Ben Quilty 150 Years exhibition is on view at Tolarno Galleries until 29 February 2020. The mention of Nolan suggests that Quilty might imagine himself in the great lineage of Australian art. And I think in Australia, if you are successful in any art form, you will be criticised, and particularly often from your own people. On September 11, 2001, Quilty was called urgently back to the newsroom at 11pm and worked solidly for the next three days. "I spend more time conceiving works, slowing down and being more conscientious about making the paintings as sophisticated as I can.". So leave it for then.". When Quilty opens on November 9 the community will have the chance to experience the first major survey in a decade of one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists. Quilty is at the Art Gallery of South Australia until June 2. Apart from his work as a visual artist, he has assumed the role as a highly visible Australian social commentator, utilising his voice as an artist to incite and campaign for social change. And I'm very driven to continue to tell that story.". Learn about the artist and find an in-depth biography, exhibitions, original artworks, the latest news, and sold auction prices. (But) I'm not compared to Sidney Nolan, who made 15,000 or 20,000 works on canvas. hosted by the Australian Embassy Berlin Friday 11 October, 6 - 8 pm ARTIST TALK. He learnt quickly that to make the kind of work he wanted to make required a vast amount of paint which in turn requires a steady income and after graduating from art school Quilty took a variety of jobs: labourer, kitchen hand, waiter and even as the body inside a footy mascot.
It comes with its own level of anxiety.". "But in a sense, that sort of mirrors what young men are. "It's about identity, and our identity as Australians," he says. Comparisons with Nolan aside, Quilty has reached a level of status in his career that allows him months to complete one work. Yet Quilty's primary identity remains that of an artist.