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Full Name  Ben Quilty
Role  Artist
Name  Ben Quilty
Website  Ben Quilty
Nationality  Australian

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Born  1973Sydney, Australia
Known for  Painting, contemporary art
Awards  2014 Prudential Eye Award2011 Archibald Prize2009 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
Artwork  Captain S after Afghanistan, The Evo Project No. 1
Education  Sydney College of the Arts, Western Sydney University

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Ben Quilty (born 1973 in Sydney) is an Australian artist and social commentator, who won the 2014 Prudential Eye Award, 2011 Archibald Prize and 2009 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.


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Ben Quilty on New Masculinities in Contemporary Art, 26 January 2013

Early life and education

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Quilty grew up in Kenthurst in Sydney's north-west. Quilty lives and works in Robertson, New South Wales. He was educated at Kenthurst Public School and Oakhill College, where he exhibited his HSC artwork in ArtExpress 1991. Subsequently, Quilty was selected as the recipient of the Julian Ashton Summer School Scholarship, despite failing Year 12 Art. When he was in Year 11, Quilty was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. After high school, Quilty followed his interest in art and obtained a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Painting from Sydney College of the Arts at the University of Sydney, graduating in 1994.

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He then studied visual communication, design and women's studies at Western Sydney University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Design) in 2002. He also obtained a Certificate in Aboriginal Culture and History.

Awards and prizes

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A multiple finalist, Quilty won the Archibald Prize in 2011 for his portrait of Australian artist Margaret Olley. It was his seventh entry to the prize.

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In 2009, he won the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Australia's most lucrative portrait prize, for a painting of Australian musician Jimmy Barnes. His painting Dead (Over the Hills and Far Away) won the National Artists Self Portrait prize in 2007.

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Quilty was awarded a Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship in 2002.

Official war artist

From 11 October until 3 November 2011, Quilty was attached to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) observing their activities in Kabul, Kandahar and Tarin Kowt. His task was to record and interpret the experiences of Australian service personnel who are deployed as part of Operation Slipper. After his return, Quilty spent six months producing work for the Australian War Memorial's National Collection. Such work is in the tradition of war artists that began in World War I with artists Arthur Streeton, George Lambert and Frederick McCubbin. Quilty's experiences as a war artist and the work he produced as a result of it was explored in the ABC TV's Australian Story program "War Paint" screened on 3 September 2012.

Honours and awards

  • 2015: Honorary Doctorate of Creative Arts, Western Sydney University
  • 2014: Prudential Eye Award (Overall), Singapore
  • 2014: Prudential Eye Award (Painting), Singapore
  • 2012: Finalist, Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
  • 2012: Finalist, Gold Award, Rockhampton Art Gallery, Rockhampton
  • 2012: The Redlands Art Prize, National Art School Gallery, Sydney
  • 2011: Winner, Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
  • 2009: Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Sydney
  • 2007: National Self Portrait Prize, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane
  • 2004: Kings School Art Prize, Sydney
  • 2004: Metro 5 Art Prize, Melbourne
  • 2002: Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
  • 1991: Julian Ashton Summer School Scholarship, Julian Ashton School, Sydney
  • 1989: Rocks Painters Picnic, Age and Open Winner, Sydney Festival of the Arts, Sydney
  • References

    Ben Quilty Wikipedia