Exhibition and Shows

9 Nov 2019 to 2 Feb 2020

The first major survey exhibition in a decade of one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists

For most of this century Ben Quilty has been delivering urgent visions of the world through vivid, richly worked and often turbulent paintings. This exhibition traces the arc of his work and measures his influences and inspirations – from his early reflections upon the initiation rituals performed by young Australian men through to his experience as an official war artist in Afghanistan; his revisions of the Australian landscape; his campaign to save the lives of Bali Nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran; his visits to Lebanon, Lesbos and Serbia with author Richard Flanagan, where they met, to borrow Flanagan’s words, ‘the great river of Syrian refugees’; his intimate portraits of himself, his family and his friends; and his recent grotesques made in response to contemporary politics.

Curated in close consultation with the artist, Quilty presents a portrait of a socially engaged artist, a critical citizen, who wields paint to draw attention to the responsibility as human beings in an increasingly fraught world.


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Event Times

9 Nov 2019 to 2 Feb 2020

Daily Event


Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery Road, Sydney, 2000

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