ADAM CULLEN SCULPTURES

29 NOVEMBER - 19 DECEMBER 2014

 

This set of fifteen bronze sculptures, the final series of bronzes created before his passing in 2012, encompass the artist's brutal, humorous and at the same time, sympathetic portrayal of his subject matter.

Cullen’s fascination with works that are both inspiring whilst also being dark and confronting formed at early age when at the age of nine he saw Goya’s Saturn devouring one of his children for the first time in the Prado. Overcome with a range of emotions, the young Cullen stood in awe for almost an hour in front of the demonic Saturn eating his own flesh and blood, unable to turn away.

Adam Cullen with Bronze Sculpture Skull 2011

The many different mediums used by Cullen whether it was oil on canvas, his early performance works (including the infamous story of a rotting pigs head chained to Cullen’s leg for a week during his art school days) or his final bronze sculptures, all display the early fascination with subjects that were raw, often un-palatable and not overly concerned with being aesthetically pleasing.

Art's journalist Andrew Frost wrote of Cullen:

Adam has left us his legacy: the good, the bad and the ugly, the funny, the insightful and the glacial glistening of truth, the dancing black line, the splat of curdled enamel on the infinity of a single colour acrylic. It wasn’t conceptual he always said, it was optical. Just look and you will see.
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