On September 13 Austcham members were treated to An Evening with Ben Quilty over wine and refreshments to celebrate his confronting and engaging exhibition. The 2011 Archibald Prize winner and Australian War artist discussed his works and underlying themes, including his recent portraiture of Australian Soldiers serving in Afghanistan. Also of note were charming anecdotes of his work with Germaine Greer and Jimmy Barnes. Other works on display were Ben’s series of paintings of car crashes from police records exploring youth culture in Australia, and a Rorschach made from the portrait of a baby where a finished oil painting was pressed on a fresh canvass reflecting the destruction as a part of creation.
Following the event members had the pleasure of sharing supper with Ben at a nearby location. Guests also had VIP passes to the event where they could also view Australian works by Jan Sages, Amanda Penrose Hart, Angela Brennan and Clinton Nain.
The exhibition, organised by Jan Murphy Gallery, was part of the Korean International Art Fair (KIAF2012) held at COEX.