Adam Cullen 'Australian Family'

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Adam Cullen merges social satire with technicolour excess. An ‘enfant terrible’ of the art world, he launched onto the Australian art scene by chaining a pig’s head to his ankle for two weeks. This punk stunt was followed by a career spent painting tough, uncompromising and challenging subjects, captured with a pop art twist.

In ‘Australian Family’, Cullen satirises the suburban dream. Rather than a nuclear family grinning from suburbia, he etches a strange, grotesque and surrealistic scene. One figure crouches, another looks forlorn, lines streak like smoke from their temples suggesting that this family, the white picket fence skirts inferno.

Exploring masculinity, crime and animalism, Cullen’s work is imbued with an unexpected vulnerability. In his lifetime, he was a winner and multi-time Archibald Prize finalist, honoured with a 2008 retrospective at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and an Art Hotel in Prahran, cementing him as one of Australia’s foremost contemporary artists.

Hand-signed and limited edition, this work will add an edge to collections of pop and contemporary art.


Adam CULLEN (1965 - 2012)
'Australian Family' 2001
Etching on paper
Image Size: 39 x 50 cm
Dimensions: 60 x 80 x 3 cm
Signed: Editioned, titled, signed and dated in bottom margin

Comes with Letter of Provenance

Condition: Excellent 

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