Artist talk: Ben Quilty
In conversation with Robbie Buck
Renowned Australian artist Ben Quilty joins ABC radio host Robbie Buck to discuss the latest major survey exhibition of his work, Quilty, in its opening week at the Art Gallery of NSW. The pair will discuss the influences and inspirations for the works on display which draws from Quilty’s experiences over the past decade, ranging from being an official war artist in Afghanistan; 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’; to his intimate portraits of himself, his family and his friends.
Ben Quilty lives and works in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. Widely known for his thick, gestural oil paintings, he has worked across a range of media including drawing, photography, sculpture and installation. His works often serve as a reflection of social and political events; from the current global refugee crisis to the complex social history of our country, he is constantly critiquing notions of identity, patriotism and belonging. In 2014 he was selected as the overall winner of the Prudential Eye Award, Singapore and invited to become the first Australian to hold a solo exhibition at Saatchi Gallery in London.
Robbie Buck is an Australian broadcaster that has presented programs across the gamut of the broadcast spectrum. He’s well known for his 13-year stint hosting for the Australian youth broadcasting network triple j, where he created the Australian music show Home and hosed, presented the Drive program and co-hosted Breakfast. He’s currently setting his alarm for 3.30am in his role hosting the breakfast show on ABC Radio Sydney.
Image: Ben Quilty