Adam Cullen

Adam Cullen

  • Artist’s Statement

    "Endurance is more important than truth"

    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.

    (https://www.artserieshotels.com.au/cullen/adam-cullen/)

  • Biography

    1965
    Born, Sydney, NSW, Australia
    1986
    Bachelor of Fine Arts, City Art Institute, Sydney, NSW
    1987
    Graduate Diploma of Professional Art Studies, City Art Institute, Sydney, NSW
    1999
    Master of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
    2000
    Winner, Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
    2008
    Winner, Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, NSW
    2008
    Researching PhD on Aesthetics of Death in Australian Art
    2012
    Year of death

    (Bio from: http://www.artnet.com/artists/adam-cullen/biography)

  • Influences

    Albrecht Dürer (Germany 1471-1528), Francisco Goya Y Lucientes (Spain 1746-1828), Francis Bacon (Ireland & England 1909-92), Sidney Nolan (Australia 1917-1992), Mike Parr (Australia b.1945), Martin Kippenberger (Germany 1953-1997)

  • Awards

    2011
    Minor Exaltation, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide (solo)
    2011
    Yesterday is still here today, Michael Reid at Elizabeth Bay, Sydney (solo)
    2009
    A Death Like No Other, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide (solo)
    2009
    They You Trust, Them You Don’t, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne (solo)
    2008
    Let’s Get Lost, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (solo)
    2008
    International Manure / Evil / DNA/ Blood / Arse, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane (solo)
    2007
    Stupid Heaven, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide (solo)
    2007
    I Am The Cheese, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney (solo)
    2006
    Between the Lines: Works on Paper 1995-2005, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne;Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest, Sydney (solo)
    2005
    Let Me Tell You About My Day, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
    2005
    Product of Compulsion, Michael Reid Art Dealer, Redfern, NSW
    2005
    Maintaining the Rage, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney
    2004
    Pure Sanctimony, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
    2004
    On my Knees Looking Up, Yuill/Crowley Gallery, Sydney
    2003
    Future Dirt, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide
    2003
    Far and Away, Yuill Crowley Gallery, Sydney
    2003
    Our Place in the Pacific, touring exhibition to regional galleries in Newcastle, Cairns, Gold Coast and Toowoomba
    2002
    UnAustralian, Yuill/Crowley Gallery, Sydney
    2001
    Night and Day, Yuill/Crowley Gallery, Sydney
    2001
    The Placebo Effect, Artspace, Sydney
    2000
    Value, ACCA, Melbourne
    2000
    Miss Gin Gin Showgirl (with Dale Frank), Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, NSW
    2000
    Interpersonal, Yuill/Crowley Gallery, Sydney
    1999
    Blind Side, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
    1999
    Hotel/Motel, Yuill/Crowley Gallery, Sydney
    1999
    Genuine Imitation, First Floor, Melbourne
    1998
    Amateur Exorcist, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand
    1998
    Self-Loving, Fiat Lux, Auckland, New Zealand
    1998
    Touch and Go, Level 2 Project, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
    1998
    World Fantasy, Yuill/Crowley Gallery, Sydney
    1997
    Special, Yuill Crowley Gallery, Sydney
    1997
    I Only think about you when I’m drunk, Test Strip, Auckland, New Zealand
    1997
    Life Fitness, Artspace, Sydney
    1996
    The Australian Labor Party, Yuill/Crowley Gallery, Sydney
    1996
    Live Rock, CBD Gallery, Sydney
    1995
    Class, Yuill/Crowley Gallery, Sydney
    1995
    Peace is Cool, CBD Gallery, Sydney
    1994
    Soft Material Facts, Yuill/Crowley Gallery, Sydney
    1994
    Special Galore Type, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne

  • Exhibitions

    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 winning the Mosman Art Prize in 2005 and the 2008 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize with Pegasus Flying over Sydney 2008.

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    Turon River Carp, 2007
    38.5 x 76.5 cm Oil and acrylic on canvas
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    Comedic Relief II, c. 2010
    200 x 260 cm acrylic on canvas
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    Made with Blood Sweet and Tears (Matt Dunning) 2005
    150 x 122 cm acrylic on canvas
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    Made with Blood Sweet and Tears (Matt Dunning), 2005
    150 x 122 cm acrylic on canvas
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    Maiden Handicap 2, 2000
    198 x 213 cm Ink and acrylic on canvas
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    JACK, 1997
    33 x 25 cm ink and watercolour on paper
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    Furious
    30 x 21 cm Synthetic polymer paint (spray) and bullet holes on paper
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    Spade
    30 x 21 cm Synthetic polymer paint (spray) and bullet holes on paper
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    Wild Animal
    152 x 122 cm acrylic on canvas Sold
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    Red Cross
    183 x 152 cm acrylic on canvas Sold
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    Cocktail Girl and Blind Date
    183 x 183 cm acrylic on canvas Sold
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    Why We Live in Groups
    183 x 183 cm acrylic on canvas
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    I Wish I Was Benny Hill (Trouble & Squalor)
    183.5 x 152.5 cm Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
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    Growler IV (In Green)
    112 x 102 cm archival pigment print on paper
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    Winnie the Poo
    80 x 80 x 5 cm acrylic on canvas