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- 1965 Born on the Northern Beaches of Sydney
- 1986 Bachelor of Fine Arts - City Art Institute
- 1987 Diploma of Professional Art - City Art Institute
- 1999 Master of Fine Arts from the University of New South Wales
- Chained rotting pigs head to his ankle
- 2000 won the prestigious Archibald Prize for his portrait of actor David Wenham
- 2002 Represented Australia at the 25th Biennale de Sao Paulo
- Collaborated with Mark ‘Chopper’ Read on a children’s book, Hooky the Cripple
- 2009 The Cullen officially opens Dec 3 cementing the artist’s status as one of the most successful living Australian artists.
- Current day living and working in Sydney’s Blue Mountains
ADAM CULLEN 1965-2012
Adam Cullen was born in Sydney in 1965. The artist was passionate about drawing from a very young age, and as a teenager drew cartoons for a local newspaper. He first gained recognition in the art world when he chained a decomposing pig’s head to his ankle for two weeks. Cullen was associated with the Grunge art movement in the early nineties. During this time he exhibited alongside artists such as Tony Schwensen, Mikala Dwyer and Nike Saavas. In 1997, much to the surprise of his contemporaries, he entered the Archibald prize. He was hung as a finalist in 1998 and went on to win the prize in 2000 with a portrait of actor David Wenham. He entered the Archibald Prize regularly after winning and was subsequently hung as a finalist nine times. Cullen was instrumental in changing perceptions about the conservative nature of the Archibald Prize.
The artist used a highly personal visual language to address a broad range of topics including crime, masculinity and the relationship between animal and human behaviours. Cullen had a democratic approach to art and would happily merge references to high and low cultural influences in his works. Much of the work made post 2000 consisting of paintings executed in a bold pop style with defining features of drip marks, iridescent colours and black outlines. His works skilfully combineirreverent humour with an astute sensitivity to society.
The Cullen opened in Melbourne in November 2009 and remains an ongoing tribute to the artist’s work. The artist died at home in the Blue Mountains on 28 July 2012. For further information about Adam Cullen’s works in the hotel, please see reception.
MORE ABOUT ADAM
Cullen graduated from the City Art Institute with a Diploma of Professional Art in 1987 and received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of New South Wales in 1999. The artist’s work has been exhibited widely throughout Australia and abroad since the early 1990s. Selected exhibitions His work has been include in the following selected exhibitions: Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales (1993); Fluxibelstructures, Kunsthaus Oerlikon, Zurich, Switzerland (1995); Preambles, Australian Perspecta, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (1999); Art in the World, Pont Alexandre III, Paris, France (2000); Video-Salon, Week of Art and New Media, Brussels, Belgium (2000); 25th Bienale de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2002); Bitter Sweet, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2002); Identity and Desire, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2005); CRASH (and other worldly pleasures) Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia, Perth (2006); Bon Scott Project, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle (2008) and Rough Trade, TANKS Art Centre, Cairns (1997) and Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart (1998). In mid 2008 Cullen’s work was the subject of a major survey exhibition, ADAM CULLEN. LET’S GET LOST, curated by the Art Gallery of New South Wales and was accompanied by a major catalogue published by the gallery. A finalist many times over in the Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, in 2000 he won the Archibald with his composition Portrait of David Wenham 2000. This success was followed by his winning the Mosman Art Prize in 2005 and the 2008 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize with Pegasus Flying over Sydney 2008.
Monash University Gallery The Art Gallery of SA The Art Gallery of Western Australia Art Bank, NSW AMP Australia Kedumba Gallery Australian National Gallery, Canberra, ACT The Gold Coast City Art Gallery, QLD Griffith University, QLD Geelong Art Gallery, VIC The Art Gallery of NSW The National Gallery of Victoria
Albrecht Dürer - Germany 1471–1528
Francisco Goya Y Lucientes - Spain 1746–1828
Francis Bacon - Ireland/England 1909–92
Sidney Nolan - Australia/UK 1917–92
Mike Parr - Australia b1945
Martin Kippenberger – Germany 1953 - 1997
"Endurance is more important than truth"
FOR FURTHER READING
Adam Cullen Wikipedia
Wayne Tunnicliffe, Let’s Get Lost, catalogue to accompany survey at AGNSW 15 May – 27 July, 2008
Ingrid Perez, Adam Cullen - Scars Last Longer
New Art Series, Craftsman House,2004,
ISBN 0 9751965 2 9
Heiser Gallery, Brisbane
Greenaway Gallery, Adelaide
Michael Reid in Sydney.
Gallery Ecosse, Exeter, NSW