Archibald winner exhibit
CAIRNS Regional Gallery is showcasing the latest exhibition from 2011 Archibald Prize winner and Australia’s official war artist in Afghanistan, Ben Quilty.
After spending more than three weeks talking to Australian servicemen and women in Afghanistan, Quilty felt an overwhelming need to tell their stories.
He went there in October 2011 as an official war artist, commissioned by the Australian War Memorial and attached to the Australian Defence Force.
His task was to record and interpret the experiences of Australians deployed as part of Operation Slipper in Kabul, Kandahar, and Tarin Kot in Afghanistan and at Al Minhad Airbase in the United Arab Emirates.
For his official war artist commission, Quilty has created large-scale portraits that focus on the intense physicality of these soldiers and on the emotional and psychological consequences of their service.