New to Home’s stockroom, this limited edition screenprint – Bongos, 1999 by Adam Cullen.

Adam Cullen (1965 – 2012) was an Australian artist whose style at times had been labelled by some art critics as simplistic, crude, adolescent or puerile. Conversely, Cullen is regarded as one of Australia’s most collectible contemporary artists.

He graduated from the City Art Institute with a Diploma of Professional Art in 1987 and received a Master of Fine Arts from the UNSW in 1999. He exhibited widely across Australia and Internationally. In 2002 he represented Australia at the 25th Sao Paulo Art Biennial.

Cullen used a highly personal visual language to address a broad range of topics including crime, masculinity and cowboy culture. He merged high and low cultural influences in his work, which are defined by their iridescent colours and bold gestural marks. His artworks combine irreverent humour with an astute sensitivity to society. He often employed the image of infamous and iconic Australian bushranger Ned Kelly in his artwork. He also portrayed the killers of Anita Cobby and illustrated the Chopper’ Read’s fairy tale book, Hooky the Cripple.

He spent the last three years of his life with writer Erik Jensen working on a biography. Jensen became witness to the decline and death of Adam Cullen. The book that eventuated, Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen was eventually published by Black Inc. The book is an intelligent and visceral memoir of the disintegration of Cullen’s life, shining a light on the mythology the artist had created around his artistic persona.

Adam Cullen won the Archibald Portrait Prize in 2000 with his portrait of actor David Wenham. He was a finalist in the Archibald in 1997, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2011 & 2012, a finalist in the Moran Prize in 2000 & 2001 and won the Mosman Art Prize in 2005.

Adam Cullen, Bongos, 1999, limited edition screenprint