Blog Ben Quilty

Ben Quilty

Posted Feb. 29, 2020, 10:16 a.m. by T

Advertisement
KFAI - Undead

Ben Quilty

Penguin Random House

 

Winner of the Archibald Prize, activist artist Ben Quilt has had quite a few of solo exhibitions, which I have been lucky enough to witness in different Australian state museums. No matter if it is his latter compelling art informing by his stint with Australian troops or in refugee camps or his formative artworks that channel the depiction of seemingly mundane everyday items through his own lens, you would agree that his oeuvre is idiosyncratic and recognizable once you have been exposed to it: Quilty is a master of distortion and highlighting intense emotions and dreads that rage inside one’s chest. His art is visual commentary on the, musing on current social and political events as well as the criticism of notions of patriotism, identify and toxic masculinity, which at times and more visceral moments carry trademarks and more than subtle nods to Francis Bacon’s work.

This beautiful tome is an ode to an Australian artist and social commentator that celebrates twenty years of his artistic emissions in an opulently illustrated manner, including e coverage of a wide variety of media, e.g. drawing, photography, sculpture, installation and references to his excursions into the world of moving images.

Embedded in illuminating essays and an insightful foreword, I would recommend this comprehensive book specifically to those interested in art yet unfamiliar with the work and world of Quilty.

Leave a comment
Share this content

Other recent blogs

Spring Loaded Festival 2021

Posted by T
May 9, 2021, 9:07 a.m.

Spring Loaded Racecourse Randwick Sydney, Australia May 8, 2021 Australia continues to see 2021 bringing back a sense of normalcy, with live shows becoming more regular occurrences and bigger music ... read more

Water of Life – Ester Spirits

Posted by T
May 8, 2021, 2:33 p.m.

Water of Life – Ester Spirits The mushrooming of gin distilleries on terra australis has been thoroughly documented over the last couple of years and while quality as well as ... read more

The Formative Years – Blut + Eisen

Posted by T
May 4, 2021, 8:07 p.m.

The Formative Years – Blut + Eisen   It was in the second half of the seventeenth century that the President of Prussia, i.e. Otto von Bismarck, concluded a speech ... read more

Water of Life – Launceston Distillery

Posted by T
May 3, 2021, 8:52 p.m.

Water of Life – Launceston Distillery   Our coverage of the Tasmanian whiskey landscape have mainly been focussed on Hobart and its surroundings, which could be perceived as one of ... read more

High Adventures in the Great Outdoors – Lonely Pla

Posted by T
May 2, 2021, 11:30 a.m.

High Adventures in the Great Outdoors – Lonely Planet   It has been almost fifty years since Lonely Planet was incepted, following Maureen and Tony Wheeler’s trip across Europe, Asia ... read more

Advertisement
Spacecase Records - skyscraper
x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.