Adam Cullen (1965-2012) was one of the most important Australian artists of his generation. Emerging from Sydney’s grunge art scene in the 1990s and best known for his bold and challenging paintings, Cullen and controversy courted each other.

In this retrospective of Adam Cullen’s career, over 70 rarely seen paintings, works on paper, bronzes, ceramics, film, and artist books have been drawn from private collections and the artist’s estate to provide insight into this complex and colourful artist.

Adam Cullen grew up on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, winning the Archibald Prize with a portrait of actor David Wenham in 2000. Just over ten years since Adam Cullen’s death, this exhibition is an opportunity to reflect on
his extraordinary body of work, influence and legacy. Adam Cullen: Art is Pain Relief was developed by Max Francois Germanos of 3:33 Art Projects with the support of the Adam Cullen Estate and Manly Art Gallery & Museum.