Adam Cullen (1965-2012) Australia

Biographical Information

"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 has 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 suffered from poor health, and died in 2012 at the age of 47. Edit or add to this biography

Market Information

Uncle Roy, 2003
Highest Price:
Uncle Roy, 2003
Acrylic on canvas, 184 x 183 cm
The Michèle Asprey Collection of Australian Contemporary Art, Mossgreen Auctions, Melbourne.
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 Total number soldNumber with imagesHighest priceRecent average price*
Paintings10498A$38,698 A$11,285
Works on Paper1716A$6,600 A$2,226
Prints & Graphics4139A$2,700 A$670
Objects99A$14,114 N/A

* Calculated on sales over the last three years, where there are a sufficient number of sales over that period.

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