Andy Quilty’s work explores notions of status, belonging and sense of place within the banality of suburban Australian culture. Quilty interrogates personal histories, exploring the role of observer, participant and perpetrator in a post-colonial context.
Big Heads, Little Heads and Burnout Paintings features a mixture of new and previous styles – consisting of large scale burnout abstracts, small scale and portraits, figurative paintings and large scale works with ball point pen. Quilty’s large scale burnout paintings reflect the marking of territory, colonialism and are a symbol of ownership. The process starts with actual motorbike burnouts, which Quilty then uses to paint his response.