Archibald Prize winner Adam Cullen dies at 47

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Archibald prize winning artist, Adam Cullen has sadly passed away in his Blue Mountains home over the weekend at just 47 years old.

Adam had been suffering serious illness for a number of years and his lawyer, Charles Waterstreet, has confirmed the death, saying the artist had apparently died in his sleep.

One of Australia’s most collectable contemporary artists, Cullen was well known for his controversial stunts and portraits of high profile Australians.

His portrait of actor David Wenham won him the Archibald Prize in 2000, and he was a finalist again in 2012 with his portrait of Nelson and Koko, featuring the canine star of the film Red Dog and its owner, producer Nelson Woss.

Cullen also caused controversy when he teamed up with the notorious Melbourne figure, Mark ‘Chopper’ Read to produce a children’s book entitled ‘Hooky the Cripple: The Grim Tale of a Hunchback Who Triumphs’.

Gallery owner and friend Michael Reid states that ”Adam was the real deal, even in the grips of a consuming illness, on a good day, he was one of the very best contemporary artists in Australia. Adam was astonishingly kind and the many hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars in paintings he donated to charity attest to his endless giving.”