A sample of work from leading Australian artist Ben Quilty’s After Afghanistan series is on display outside the Love and Sorrow gallery for a limited time.
These three large-scale portraits were produced by Quilty when he was working as an official war artist and focus on the intense physicality of the soldiers and on the emotional and psychological consequences of their service.
After spending over three weeks talking to Australian servicemen and women in Afghanistan, Ben 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.