10 Jul 2014
Ben Quilty exhibits solo show at esteemed Saatchi Gallery, London
[Image: 'STRAIGHT WHITE MALE' SERIES (2014) VIA THE ARTIST'S FACEBOOK.]
BY ANNA DELPRAT 10 TH JUL 2014
Sydney-born artist Ben Quilty is showing at the gallery that launched the careers of Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst.
After winning top prize at the inaugural Prudential Eye Awards for Contemporary Asian Art, Quilty has scored a show at London’s Saatchi Gallery as well as $US50,000 and a painting residency in Paris.
Showcasing the distinct impasto technique he has become synonymous with, the show includes works from his highly regarded Rorschach series of instinctive mirror image paintings, which appropriate the famous psychological tool of its title, and works from his Inhabit series of portraits that span from Captain Cook to the devil himself.
The artist’s 2011 Archibald Prize-winning portrait of Margaret Olley garnered much respect in the Australian art scene and was followed by his appointment as official war artist with the Australian Defence Forces in Afghanistan.
The Prudential Eye Awards supports artistic talent across the greater Asia region, including Australia and New Zealand.
Ben Quilty at Saatchi Gallery runs until 3 August at Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London.