Adam Cullen 'Bowser Service'

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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.

Fuel up with ’Bowser Service’. An original etching, this work is divided into black and white screens, each holding the phantom of a man, one glowering and one in despair. Text cuts through the centre – “Australia / Australia / Fat Cop / Fat Cop / Bowser / Bowser / Service / Service” – a mantra of masculinity, rage and the rejection of authority.

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, framed and limited edition, this original etching will add an edge to collections of pop and contemporary art. It is represented in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia.

Adam CULLEN (1965 - 2012)
'Bowser Service' 2001
Etching on paper
Edition of 15
Image Size: 40 x 62 cm
Dimensions: 60 x 80 x 3 cm
Signed: Editioned, titled, signed and dated in bottom margin
Comes with Letter of Provenance

An impression of this work is represented at the National Gallery of Australia, accession number: 2007.1549.46

Condition: Excellent 

(c) Adam Cullen / Copyright Agency