Based in Sydney painter Ben Quilty completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney in 1994 and graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Communication/Design from the University of Western Sydney in 2001. He exhibits regularly and in 2004 was a finalist in both the Archibald and Wynne Prize exhibitions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. An expressive painter his recent work has been fuelled by the idea of the 'genius loci', which Ben describes as the gathering of inspiration and enlightenment by osmosis through a place once inhabited by a person of genius. At Hill End Ben hopes to continue his recreation of Australian Cultural icons into 'high-brow' art pieces, indulge in the natural beauty of the landscape and draw inspiration from the Village's rich artistic heritage.
Ben's awards include the 2002 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship and most recently the 2004 Metro 5 Art Prize, Melbourne and the Kings School Art Prize. No stranger to artist residencies Ben was awarded a studio at the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris in 2003 and a 2004 NSW Ministry for the Arts Gunnery studio.
NSW Ministry for the Arts Sponsored