Date: 16/02/2015 to 01/03/2015
Works from the Saatchi show will be brought together in the exhibition, running throughout the summer period at the Bendigo Art Gallery.
Quilty uses a gestural painterly style and is widely recognized for his quick working method, which deliberately leaves smears, smudges and almost three-dimensional brush marks on the canvas.
His paintings depict rural Australia and some of the more challenging aspects of our culture and history. European settlement, the rites and rituals of masculinity, nationhood and the plight of Indigenous Australians are ongoing themes.
The exhibition will include a selection of paintings from his acclaimed Rorschach series, which mimic the â€˜ink blotâ€™ tests introduced in the 1920s as a tool for psychological testing. Each of the paintings depicts picturebook landscape scenes that belie their more sinister history. Fairy Bower Rorschach (2012) captures the New South Wales tourist attraction Fairy Bower Falls, which is also thought to be the site of an horrific massacre of Aboriginal people.
Also included is the work Inhabit, comprising 12 paintings and a sculptural element created between 2010-2014
Quilty was born in Sydney in 1973, and studied at Sydney College of Arts and University of Sydney. He has been awarded numerous prizes and scholarships including the Brett Whitley Travelling Scholarship (2002), the Doug Moran Prize (2009) and the Archibald Prize (2011), for his portrait of Margaret Olley.
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