“I just want to touch them” said my companion as we stood in awe at the work of Ben Quilty currently on show at GOMA, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
And it is easy to see why my companion wanted to reach out and touch the sometimes violent swirls of paint. It is beautifully raw, emotive and confronting. Great stuff.
Quilty is the first major survey exhibition in a decade of one of Australia’s most acclaimed artists.
As GOMA says: The exhibition extends from Quilty’s early reflections on the initiation rituals performed by young Australian men to his experience as an official war artist in Afghanistan and his campaign to save the lives of Bali Nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. It also includes his revisions of the Australian landscape, and raw, intimate portraits of himself, his family and his friends.”