"Grunge" artist Adam Cullen was born in Sydney in 1965. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the City Art Institute in 1986, a Graduate Diploma of Professional Art Studies in 1987and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of New South Wales in 1999. He has produced paintings, ceramics, videos, three-dimensional objects he called ‘instalments’ and etchings, and a large number of drawings. Cullen exhibited both individually and in several group exhibitions both in Australia and overseas. In 2000 he won the Archibald Prize with his portrait of actor David Wenham, and has also been a finalist in the Archibald, the Sulman and the Blake Prize. His work has been widely collected and is held by the Australian National Gallery as well as in numerous public and private collections, including the Tolarno Galleries, Kaliman Gallery, Heiser Gallery, and Greenaway Art Gallery. In 2002 Cullen represented Australia at the 25th Bienal de Sao Paulo.
Adam Cullen is one of the most prolific of the artists listed in our database, with the number of works offered for sale by auction since 2000 of 452, of which 296 (65%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $92,045 for Playtime sold by Deutscher and Hackett in September 2021. This year 51 works have been offered for sale. Works by Adam Cullen are held by the Art Gallery of NSW, National Gallery of Victoria and a further eight major public national galleries (see list below).
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