" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

August 1, 2012

Adam Cullen, Gone at 47

Adam Cullen with his Archibald Price-winning
Portrait of
David Wenham in 2000.
"The Archibald Prize-winning artist Adam Cullen, one of Australia's best known contemporary artists, familiar for his distinctive portraits of high-profile Australians such as actor David Wenham, has died.
The 47-year-old artist's lawyer and friend, Charles Waterstreet, confirmed Cullen's death to "The Age" newspaper.
Cullen never expected to live to be an old man. 
A decade ago he told The Age he had no confidence in his Irish genes and at 37 had already had a liver test.
Cullen, who lived on his own in Wentworth Falls, had been seriously ill for some time. 
Close associates said the family feared he was near death three weeks ago.
In a Sydney court hearing last November, Mr Waterstreet said Cullen was bipolar and faced serious physical and mental health problems. 
Cullen's pancreas had been removed, he was diabetic and he took
11 medications a day."
Archibald winner and 'grunge' painter Adam Cullen dead at 47
Nelson and Koko (Red Dog) by Adam Cullen
"Nelson Woss is the producer of the hugely successful 2011 Australian film Red Dog.
Koko was the red kelpie star of the film.
Winner of the 2012 Samsung AACTA (formerly AFI) Award for
Best Film, Red Dog was not only the highest grossing Australian film of 2011 but is now among the top 20 most successful Australian films of all time.
Woss’s career includes extensive work in Hollywood. His other producing credits include Venus & Mars, Rockin’ Good Times and Ned Kelly starring Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom.
‘I saw the film Red Dog and I was impressed,’ says Adam Cullen. ‘I really enjoyed it, it’s a great Australian film. I received a call from Nelson asking if I would paint the dog. I said, “I’d love to but how about I paint you both for the Archibald?” So that was rather fortuitous.
Nelson is a wonderful film producer and I love the dog. He’s a handsome, charming animal. I’ve always been incredibly fond of kelpies. I love that colour and when you’ve got a red animal like that all the other colours seem to flare up around them.’
Cullen is an equally colourful character in the art world, known for his use of dark imagery in vivid paintings that provoke a visceral response. He won the Archibald Prize in 2000 with a portrait of actor David Wenham.
Born in Sydney in 1965, Cullen has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the City Art Institute and a Master of Fine Arts from the
University of NSW. An exhibiting artist since 1990, he has shown work in over 120 group and solo exhibitions in Australia and overseas. In 2008, the Art Gallery of New South Wales mounted a major survey of his work called Let’s Get Lost and in 2006
Penrith Regional Art Gallery had a 10-year retrospective of his works on paper. 
He won the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize in 2008 and the Mosman Art Prize in 2005 and is represented in every Australian state gallery as well as in numerous regional galleries and private collections around Australia. This is his 11th time in the
Archibald Prize."