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Asked recently how he was spending his time during lockdown, Ben Quilty said he was working on a massive painting entitled 2020 ‘which is about the end of humanity as we know it and that is screaming off the wall.’

It depicts ‘a single figure lying on a table, a self-portrait about the way I feel, the way world politics is derailing a healthy future.’*
Screaming off the wall, 2020 reveals how the Black Summer fires and Coronavirus - back-to-back disasters - impacted on his making of one painting, turning what had begun as ‘notes on chaos’ into a monstrous and powerful portrayal of anger and suffering.

*Nick Galvin, Kerrie O’Brien and Chloe Wolifson, Portraits of the artists in Isolation, The Sydney Morning Herald, May 29, 2020.

Ben Quilty
2020, 2020
Oil on linen
4 panels, overall 202 x 890 cm

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Ben Quilty talking about his latest painting, 2020. Filmed in Ben Quilty's studio by Stella Sciberras, May 2020. 4:14 min. (C) Ben Quilty and Tolarno Galleries

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