Press ‘play’ above to hear the conversation  and scroll down to see the paintings

Lucy Culliton is a contemporary realist painter who creates works across landscape, still life and portraiture.

To give you an idea of Lucy Culliton’s popularity, in 2014 Sydney’s Mosman Art Gallery held a major survey of her work which contained over 100 works. That exhibition attracted more than 20,000 visitors.

This year she was named as a finalist in all three Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes at the Art Gallery of NSW and she has been a finalist in those competitions many times before. She has received many art awards including the Portia Geach Memorial award, the Mosman Art prize and the Kedumba drawing prize.  She has exhibited in over ten solo exhibitions and her work is held in many public and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of NSW.

I met Lucy Culliton at her home in Bibbenluke, a small town in south eastern NSW.  She showed me around her property and introduced me to her many animals. She also opened up her studio to my iphone!  You can see short video clips taken on the afternoon on YouTube here.

In our conversation Lucy talks about her childhood years when she would draw horses over and over again.  She talks about how her dyslexia affected her first job in graphic design and what caused her to leave that career to pursue a career as a full time painter. We also discuss how she met dealer Ray Hughes who would represent her for many years until his gallery closed its doors last year and how her animals have played a large role in her life and continue to inspire her work.


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‘Monaro/Ando’ oil on canvas 170.5 x 170.5cm (Wynne Prize finalist 2016)



Lucy Culliton in her studio with Mayday


'Ray in Paris' oil on board 200 x 80cm

‘Ray in Paris’ oil on board 200 x 80cm  (Archibald prize finalist 2011)



‘Spark Plugs’ (2008) oil on board, 80cm x 80cm



‘Pigeons’ oil on canvas 148.5cm x 148.5cm (Sulman prize finalist 2016)


'Lucy and fans' - oil on canvas, 170.5 x 170cm

‘Lucy and fans’ (2016) oil on canvas, 170.5 x 170cm  (Archibald prize finalist 2016)



‘Cactus’ (2004) oil on canvas, 116cm x 102cm



‘Hartley Landscape, view from the studio’ (2002) oil on canvas 200 x 120cm – this is the painting hanging in the Good Room which we talk about in our conversation






6 thoughts on “Ep #9 Lucy Culliton

  1. Marvene Ash

    Thank you for such a great interview- Lucy is a delight to listen to- such an honest person with a direct connection to her painting and all things beautiful. So much can be gained by painters and lovers of art by this interview.

  2. Nick Stathopoulos

    I listened to this episode with great relish. Lucy is such an engaging artist. She made me want to get out there and paint with thick slabs of colour. Not surprised she had 20 thousand visitors to her retrospective. Her art is so joyful. The Ray Huges portrait just before he hoes into the gelato exudes with gleeful anticipation. So much character. So full of life. A real antidote to all those dead portraits you usually see.

  3. Vicki Zvargulis

    Just love Lucy. Such a down to earth no nonsense person, but what a talent. She is a giant in the art world whose amazing success has not gone to her head. A giving human being. If only more artists were as generous as she is. She inspires my art and I thank her for that.

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