detail: Ben Quilty, Australia, born1973, Inhabit, 2010, Robertson, New South Wales, oil on linen, steel, bronze, 100.0 x 80.0 cm (16 paintings each). Gift of the Art Gallery of South Australia Contemporary Collectors to mark the 130th anniversary of the Gallery 2011. Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. © Ben Quilty, courtesy GRANTPIRRIE Gallery, Sydney.

Ben Quilty

Ben Quilty: Inhabit 

Ben Quilty's recent suite of paintings, Inhabit, 2010, demonstrate an important culmination in his work as it explores wider concepts of identity.  Quilty, a distinguished portraitist, arrived at the multi-part epic in an attempt to reconcile his identity as a white Australian.  Conceived as a self-portrait, Inhabit also acts as a collective national portrait and could arguably be considered a barometer of domestic sentiment as the Australian reconciliation movement progresses.

Inhabit was acquired through the Contemporary Collectors in 2011.


detail: Ben Quilty, Australia, born1973, Inhabit, 2010, Robertson, New South Wales, oil on linen, steel, bronze, 100.0 x 80.0 cm (16 paintings each). Gift of the Art Gallery of South Australia Contemporary Collectors to mark the 130th anniversary of the Gallery 2011. Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. © Ben Quilty, courtesy GRANTPIRRIE Gallery, Sydney.

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