Adam Cullen 'The Grey Lactating Cloud'

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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.

Enigmatically titled, ‘The Grey Lactating Cloud’ is an original limited-edition etching. In scratchy lines Cullen presents the head of a horse, its ears as sharp as horns. Energy courses across the page, primordial and uncontrollable – what is rain if not a lactating cloud? Giddy up.

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 framed this limited edition 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)
'The Grey Lactating Cloud' 2001
Etching on paper
Edition of 8
Image Size: 36 x 48 cm
Dimensions: 60 x 80 x 3 cm
Signed: Editioned, titled, signed and dated below image
 
Comes with a Letter of Provenance 
 
An impression of this work is represented at the National Gallery of Australia, accession number: 2007.1549.89
 
Condition: Excellent
 
(c) Adam Cullen / Copyright Agency