written by Lisa Slade
University of Queensland Art Museum | ISBN 9781864999457
Paperback – 144 pages
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Ben Quilty paints like there is no tomorrow. In less than a decade he has become one of the country’s favourite artists. Quilty uses licks of luscious paint to conjure his subjects which include his beloved LJ Torana, his ‘wasted’ mates, his son Joe and more recently himself. His subjects are modern day memento mori; pithy reminders of our mortality and a call to live life in the fast lane.
Painting itself is also the subject of Ben Quilty’s work. He summons his subjects with a palpable physicality. Abstract slabs of vivid colour, often underpinned by urgent aerosol drawings, bring his subjects to life. This publication has been produced on the occasion of the first comprehensive survey exhibition of Ben Quilty’s painting: Ben Quilty LIVE!
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