Ben Quilty: after Afghanistan – a series of powerful portraits depicting the realities of war is on display at the Griffith University Art Gallery (GUAG) in South Bank from 12 April until 7 June, as part of the Australian War Memorial’s travelling exhibition.
Quilty was appointed as an official war artist by the Australian War Memorial in 2011 and was deployed to Afghanistan to interpret the experiences of the servicemen and women who formed part of Operation Slipper.
His works continue a distinguished tradition of appointing official war artists, a practice established during the First World War. Previous war artists include Arthur Streeton, Will Dyson, Yosl Bergner, William Dargie, William Dobell, Donald Friend, Sidney Nolan, Grace Cossinngton Smith, Peter Churcher and Wendy Sharpe.
The official opening will take place this Friday 11 April from 6.00pm.
The exhibition will be free and open to the public from Saturday 12 April to Saturday 7 June.
GUAG is open from 10am – 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday and is located at 226 Grey Street, South Bank.
Image : Captain Kate Porter, after Afghanistan