Works from Ben Quilty's recent solo exhibition at London's Saatchi Gallery will feature in a new exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery.
One of Australia's foremost artists, Quilty won the overall prize in the 2014 Prudential Eye Award for Contemporary Art, becoming the first Australian ever to have a solo exhibition at the influential Saatchi Gallery.
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 recognised 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 'ink blot' tests introduced in the 1920s as a tool for psychological testing. Each of the paintings depict picture book 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 a 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.
His work is held in all the state galleries as well as numerous public and private collections around the world.
While you are at Bendigo Art Gallery, don't forget to have a look at their permanent collection, including 19th Century International and Australian Art as well as Modern and Contemporary. Please click here for more information.
The Ben Quilty exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery will open on 12 December 2014 and run until 1 March 2015.
Entry is free.
Quilty will also be participating in an Artist's Talk event on Saturday 13 December 2014, from 11am - click here for details.
For more information on this exhibition, please visit www.bendigoartgallery.com.au