You may have heard the sad news that artist Adam Cullen passed away last weekend. In his honour we have hung one of his paintings from the MCA Collection in the Museum’s foyer area on level 2, on the wall opposite the MCA library.
Adam Cullen (1965–2012) lived and worked in the Blue Mountains, NSW. He died on 28 July 2012
His work is often challenging in both its subject-matter and technique. The artist was known for addressing social issues such as racism, oppression and corruption. He subscribed to what could be seen as a darker view of humanity and considered this an honest examination of his environment, resulting in complex work that has a unique painterly beauty.
Adam Cullen’s Blanket Men refers to protests by a group of Irish Republican prisoners in the lead-up to the 1981 hunger strikes, during which ten inmates died. The work was first exhibited in 2005 in New Acquisitions in Context in the MCA’s then newly expanded level 4 Galleries.
Text by Judith Blackall
Posted by Kelly Stone