Installation view of Adam John Cullen’s work <em>Glean</em> 2022 on display as part of the <em>Melbourne Now</em> exhibition at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne from 24 March – 20 August 2023. Image: Tom Ross

Adam John Cullen

Adam John Cullen
(b. 1985, Yass, New South Wales. Lives and works in Melbourne)

Adam John Cullen is a visual artist who predominantly works with sculpture. His practice stems from a personal narrative, with many of his works referencing places, people and events.

Glean, 2022, comprises a collection of vase and urn works, displayed on a large-scale plinth. Both the urns and the plinth are produced with a number of casting methods using concrete, hydrostone and oxides. These materials are then combined with a variety of objects, including ceramics, clothing, past artworks, glassware and found objects that hold personal significance for the artist. Glean sits within Cullen’s broader sculptural and installation-based practice, in which the artist explores ideas of material culture, personal narratives, absence and the domestic sphere. In this practice, works are broken down, blended and chipped away at, in an ongoing act of both burying and uncovering personal archaeologies.

Cullen completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at RMIT University in 2006, Honours at Monash University in 2008, and a Master in Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, in 2022. Select solo exhibitions have been held at LON Gallery, Melbourne (2021); Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne (2019); Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei (2018); Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2017); Alaska Projects, Sydney (2016); TCB Art Inc., Melbourne (2014); and West Space, Melbourne (2013). He was a finalist in the 2015 Sidney Myer Australian Ceramic Award held at Shepparton Art Museum, and has undertaken residencies at Yellow Brick Studio, Athens (2022); Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei (2018); Tentacles, Bangkok (2018); Hill End, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (2018); Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2017–19), and KUNCI Cultural Studies Centre, Yogyakarta (2012). In 2020, he participated in MoreArt2020 with a public sculpture commis­sion. Cullen’s work is held in the collections of Deakin University, ANU Drill Hall Gallery and Shepparton Art Museum. He is represented by LON Gallery in Melbourne.