29 Jun 2019 – 13 Oct 2019
GOMA | Gallery 1.2, Gallery 1.3 Eric & Marion Taylor Gallery | Free
‘Quilty’ is the first major survey exhibition in a decade of one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Ben Quilty.
The exhibition extends from Quilty’s early reflections on the initiation rituals performed by young Australian men to his experience as an official war artist in Afghanistan and his campaign to save the lives of Bali Nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. The exhibition also includes works inspired by Quilty’s visits with author Richard Flanagan to Lebanon, Lesbos and Serbia, his revisions of the Australian landscape, and raw, intimate portraits of himself, his family and his friends.
Also showing at GOMA at the same time is 'Margaret Olley: A Generous Life'. Quilty met legendary Australian painter Margaret Olley when she was a guest judge for the 2002 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, which he won. And, in 2011 Olley sat for a portrait by Quilty which won the Archibald Prize in 2011. You can see this portrait in the Olley exhibition (and below).
Ben Quilty, Australia, b.1973 / Self-portrait after Afghanistan 2012 / Oil on canvas / 130 x 120 cm / Private collection, Sydney / © The artist / Courtesy: The artist.
Ben Quilty, Australia, b.1973 / The Last Supper no.9 2017 / Oil on linen / 265 x 202 cm / Collection: The Michael and Janet Buxton Collection / © The artist / Courtesy: The artist.