Adam Cullen 'Constable Fitzpatrick with Ned Kelly in his Night Attire'

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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, all captured with a pop art twist.

In ‘Constable Fitzpatrick with Ned Kelly in Night Attire’, Cullen depicts an infamous confrontation. In 1878, when attempting to arrest his brother, Constable Fitzpatrick was shot by Ned Kelly. Cast in a vivid palette, Cullen captures the moment before – Kelly is caught without his iconic helmet, startled from his slumber.

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.

Hand-signed and limited edition, this work will invigorate collectors of pop and contemporary art, or those seeking an edge for their space.

Adam CULLEN (1965 - 2012)
'Constable Fitzpatrick with Ned Kelly in his Night Attire' 2010
archival pigment print on paper
Image Size: 100 x 100 cm
Dimensions: 112 x 111 cm
Signed: Editioned, signed and dated in margin.
Comes with Letter of Provenance
(c) Adam Cullen / Copyright Agency