Billy Benn: Monograph - Art Collector

27 April 2011 | Painter Billy Benn Perrurle has wanted to tell his story for a long time. It led him to ask a friend, Catherine Peattie, to write it for him and when they travelled together to collect material for the book, he was finally reunited with his country Atitjere in the Harts Range, after an absence of more than 40 years.

This experience had profound implications for his work, and is explored by Peattie in
Billy Benn. Part monograph and part autobiography, the book includes images of his major works, photographs from his life and essays from academic Ian McLean and curator Judith Ryan, alongside Peattie’s intimate journal about his life. At its heart, it’s a story of redemption – of falling from grace and being saved by painting.

Benn has now been painting for a decade, and has accumulated a number of honours since his first sell-out exhibition, including winning the Alice Art Prize in 2006.

Jane O'Sullivan

Billy Benn is published by IAD Press.

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