Ben Quilty reflects on his studio practice


Ben Quilty reflects on his work, art practice and career at the opening of his exhibition ‘Quilty’ at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). Quilty is in conversation with friend and exhibition curator Lisa Slade, Assistant Director, Artistic Programs, Art Gallery of South Australia.

Ben Quilty in conversation

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Quilty gives us an insight into his day, his working practice at his studio in the Northern Highlands of New South Wales, his place of solitude, and his current and future projects. He also fondly remembers Margaret Olley (1923–2011), the subject of his 2011 Archibald winning portrait, and her lasting influence.

Tribute to Margaret Olley

Quilty has created a series of site-specific, hand-drawn portraits of Margaret Olley. These large-scale chalk drawings are based on preparatory sketches he made for the Archibald portrait. Quilty has cast in chalk some of the objects Olley gave him over the years; teapots, jugs, and vases, and used these to produce the wall drawings.

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The pastel mural, a gentle palate of pinks and blues, a homage to Margart Olley has been made by using objects cast in chalk and using these cast jugs and vases as drawing tools.

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Feature image: Ben Quilty’s studio in the Northern Highlands of New South Wales.

Quilty’ at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) 29 June –  13 October 2019 was the first major survey exhibition in a decade of one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Ben Quilty. 

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