Ben Quilty captures strength, fragility, trauma and resolve

Ben Quilty’s striking portrait Sergeant P, after Afghanistan 2012 was acquired through the 2014 Foundation Appeal with generous support from Foundation members and donors, including a lead donation from the Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch). Commissioned by the Australian War Memorial in the role of official war artist, Quilty spent three weeks…

Bad dad: An interview with Michael Zavros

Queensland artist Michael Zavros’s painting, Bad dad 2013, is the subject of the 2016 QAGOMA Foundation Appeal. Gallery curator Peter McKay recently spoke with the artist about the work, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Archibald Prize. Peter McKay | Audiences often appear attracted to the quality of your images as much as their content.…

Foundation news

During March, our Contemporary Patrons took an interstate tour of the Biennale of Sydney, the first night of which saw members and guests enjoy dinner with exhibiting artist Lee Mingwei before attending the Biennale’s opening-night party on Cockatoo Island. The following days were filled with tours of private collections, and guided viewings of the Biennale’s…

Foundation Appeal launched for Michael Zavros ‘Self-Portrait’

At an exclusive launch at the Gallery of Modern Art, this striking self-portrait Bad dad 2013 by Michael Zavros was announced as the focus of the QAGOMA Foundation 2016 Appeal. This is the first time a work by a contemporary Queensland artist had been the sole focus of the Foundation’s Annual appeal. With the help of…

Lisa Reihana on ‘in Pursuit of Venus [infected]’ 2015

The Gallery was fortunate to have artist Lisa Reihana attend the QAGOMA Foundation’s 2015 Appeal launch on 9 May. Speaking with Director Chris Saines, CNZM, and Maud Page, Deputy Director, Collection and Exhibitions, Reihana offered fascinating insights into her major new video work, in Pursuit of Venus [infected] 2015, which the Gallery seeks support to…