We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

Title

The Last Supper 2017

2017

Artist

Ben Quilty

Australia

01 Sep 1973 -

Alternate image of The Last Supper 2017 by Ben Quilty
Alternate image of The Last Supper 2017 by Ben Quilty
Alternate image of The Last Supper 2017 by Ben Quilty
Alternate image of The Last Supper 2017 by Ben Quilty
Alternate image of The Last Supper 2017 by Ben Quilty
Alternate image of The Last Supper 2017 by Ben Quilty
Alternate image of The Last Supper 2017 by Ben Quilty
Alternate image of The Last Supper 2017 by Ben Quilty
Alternate image of The Last Supper 2017 by Ben Quilty
Alternate image of The Last Supper 2017 by Ben Quilty
Alternate image of The Last Supper 2017 by Ben Quilty
  • Details

    Date
    2017
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on linen
    Dimensions
    404.0 x 265.0 cm stretcher
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated top c. verso on stretcher, black fibre-tipped pen "Ben Quilty 2017".

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    126.2018
    Copyright
    © Ben Quilty

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Ben Quilty

    Works in the collection

    15

    Share
  • About

    This powerful painting by Ben Quilty belongs to a group of works collectively titled 'The Last Supper'. They were painted in 2017 in response to the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America the previous year. The series takes its title from the Christian parable of The Last Supper, which recounts Jesus's betrayal by Judas. This subject likely struck a chord with Quilty because its themes of impending tragedy, brought about by deceit and questionable morality, chimed with his thoughts on Trump's controversial win and our current political landscape in general. In 'The Last Supper 2017' Quilty confronts political turbulence and uncertainty in an epic painting that speaks of the magnitude of the situation in its imposing scale and energy. Fears and anxieties have been given expression in the picture's fragmented imagery and its thick smears of oil paint that have been slathered on the canvas with a bricklayer's trowel. The result is a harrowing depiction of chaos, as the artist attempts to come to terms with a world that at times seems to be going mad.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

    • Justin Paton, Ben Quilty, 'Painting the tangle', pg. 44-341, Docklands, 2019, 44, 45 (colour illus., detail), 62, 297 (colour illus.), 349.

    • Justin Paton, Look, 'Monumental as anything', 44-46., Sydney, Nov 2019-Dec 2019, 44, 45 (colour illus.), 46 (detail).

Other works by Ben Quilty

See more works