Launching Mosman Art Gallery’s Spring program, Terence Maloon opens Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Lucy Culliton, an exhibition that features more than 130 artworks exploring the artist’s oeuvre from 1997 to 2014 – natural, direct, unpretentious and highly colourful – much like Culliton herself.
An authentic creative spirit with an inexorable passion for her work, Lucy Culliton’s artistic output during this period has been remarkable. Since graduating from Sydney’s National Art School in 1996, Culliton’s career has ascended to the point where she is arguably one of our important representational and most keenly collected contemporary artists.
Culliton appraises her subjects with thoughtful authority, working in series with an intense scrutiny of a single subject. Her gaze consistently moves between Australian and international plein air landscapes, domestic still life subjects (food, plants and vintage curios), interiors, portraiture and figurative works.
Cactus, 2004, oil on canvas. 116 x 102 cm Collection of Tony and Stephanie Culliton