Ben Quilty

Ben, Joe and Olivia in the artist’s studio

Ben Quilty is well known for his colourful portraits. He often paints with large palette knives, making energetic marks that give shape to the features of his subjects. This technique, known as ‘impasto’, creates a three-dimensional surface, full of ridges and lumps of paint.

Ben and his children – Joe and Olivia – love to create portraits of each other in Ben’s studio in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. This video show Ben and his children working and playing together in the studio.