A new collection of paintings, collage works and drawings by Sydney based artist Ben Quilty are currently on display at Grantpirrie, Redfern. Entitled Smashed, the exhibition contains numerous works which are influenced by Rorschach inkblot tests, as the canvases have been folded in half with paint to create a symmetrical print. Skulls are a common motif within the series, as some eerily appear as black and white Chinese ink works, while others as school boy doodles in blue biro. Quilty’s oil paintings are vibrant and textured, often appearing quite momentous as some extend to almost three metres in length.
Quilty has earned various degrees related to his art practice while studying at Sydney College of the Arts, Monash University and the University of Western Sydney. His work has been recognized on an international scale, appearing within exhibitions at Chiang Mai University Art Museum, Thailand and Hohenstrausenstr, Germany. In 2002 he received the Brett Whitely Travelling Art Scholarship, while in 2007 he was awarded the National Self Portrait Prize by the University of Queensland Art Museum. His work appears within collections all around Australia at galleries including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Burnie Regional Gallery, Tasmania and Dubbo Regional Gallery.