Adam Cullen 'Bondage with the Pope'

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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.

‘Bondage with the Pope’ is not for the faint-hearted. An uproariously searing critique of the Catholic church, Cullen depicts a ghoulish Pope beside a bound woman. Interested in society’s outcasts and underdogs, he presents the Catholic church as villainous, exploitative and repressive.

Exploring masculinity, crime and animalism, Cullen’s work is imbued with an unexpected vulnerability. In his lifetime, he was a 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.

This hand-signed artist proof comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and will invigorate collectors of pop and contemporary art or those seeking an edge for their space.

Adam CULLEN (1965 - 2012)
'Bondage with the Pope' 2010
Archival pigment on paper
Image Size: 100 x 100 cm
Paper Size: 112 x 111 cm
Signed: Editioned, signed and dated in margin
Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity

Condition: Excellent

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