Ben Quilty is the judge of the 2019 Dobell Drawing Prize. He will choose the outright winner at the Prize exhibition in March 2019. Michelle Belgiorno and Simon Cooper are the additional judges for the selection process. Together with Ben they will select fifty finalists for the Prize exhibition.
Michelle Belgiorno is an exhibiting artist, a company director, a Director of the not-for-profit Australian Wildlife Conservancy and a trustee on the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation. She has a BA Fine Arts, BA Honours Japanese and a Master of Commerce. Michelle has a background in corporate communications and extensive experience in the philanthropic sector in Australia.
Simon Cooper has practiced and exhibited extensively throughout Australia and internationally. His work is held in numerous private and public collections including the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Australia. He has taught within a range of institutions including the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne; RMIT University, Melbourne; University of Southern Queensland and the Chisholm Institute, Melbourne. Since joining the National Art School in 2001 as Head of Printmaking, he has held other academic positions within the School including Acting Director, and is currently Head of Studies.
Ben Quilty (b.1973) lives and works in Robertson NSW, Australia. Widely known for his thick, gestural oil paintings, Quilty has worked across a range of media including drawing, photography, sculpture and installation. His works often serve as a reflection of social and political events; from the current global refugee crisis to the complex social history of our country, he is constantly critiquing notions of identity, patriotism and belonging. Quilty’s work has been exhibited in a number of significant national and international exhibitions including ‘Show Me Your Sexy Urbanity Fotos’, Hohenstrausenstr, Frankfurt, Germany (2004); ‘Truth and Likeness’ National Portrait Gallery, Canberra (2006); ‘Together in Harmony for 50 Years: Linking Australian and Korean Arts’, Korea Cultural Exchange Centre, Seoul, Korea (2011); ‘Trigger-Happy: Ben Quilty's Brave New World’, Drill Hall Gallery Australian National University (2013); ‘Dark Heart’ Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia (2014); ‘Panorama’ Tarrawarra Art Museum (2016); ‘Painting. More Painting’ Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (2016); ‘When Silence Falls’, Art Gallery of NSW (2016); ‘Charles’ Insitu, Kurfurstenstrasse, Berlin (2016); ‘Mad Love’ at Arndt Art Agency (A3), Berlin (2017) and the’ NGV Triennial’ (2017).
In 2011 the Australian War Memorial commissioned Quilty to travel to Afghanistan as Australia’s official war artist. The resulting body of work exhibited at the National Art School Gallery in 2013 received critical acclaim and went on to tour art galleries across Australia up until 2016. In 2014 he was selected as the overall winner of the Prudential Eye Award, Singapore and invited to become the first Australian to hold a solo exhibition at Saatchi Gallery in London (2014). He is represented by Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.