Ben Quilty on self-doubt and the toll of success

Artist Ben Quilty has long been a darling within collecting circles and the media for his championing of causes, but a new survey exhibition in Adelaide offers an unexpected view.
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Ben Quilty in his Southern Highlands studio; photo ArtsHub

Greatly anticipated, the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) will unveil Quilty this weekend – the first major museum survey for artist Ben Quilty.

With a CV that reads like a shopping list of prestigious gongs, and perhaps one of Australia’s most popular collected painters, Quilty’s career has been highly successful commercially, and he has captured the heart of the public.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina

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