Born in Longford in 1939, Charles Cullen studied at the National College of Art and then worked in Spain before returning to Dublin, where he was a founding member of the Project Arts Centre in 1966. He taught at the National College of Art & Design, lecturing in fine art, and served as head of the painting department until 2000.
Charles Cullen has participated in many group exhibitions, including Making Sense, Project Arts Centre (1980); The Delighted Eye, Orchard Gallery, Derry and London (1980); Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin (1984); Living Art, Guinness Hop Store, Dublin (1990) and The Decade Show, Wyvern Gallery, Dublin (1990). Solo exhibitions include the Carroll Gallery, Dublin (1986); David Hendricks Gallery, Dublin (1987) and the Davis Gallery, Dublin (2004). In 1997, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane held a major retrospective of his work. His work is held in the collections of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; Allied Irish Banks; Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin; the Arts Council and Trinity College, Dublin. Charles Cullen is a member of Aosdána.
The Boxed Set of 10 prints represented above as being part of Nighttown are inspired by the book Ulysses by James Joyce. The complete set is €4550 whilst each print can be obtained at the stated price.
Charles Cullen said of this work; ” I first came to Dublin in the late fifties. Later, living off Cork Street near the Coombe and reading Ulysses, I started making urban drawings on the theme of Nighttown. Frank Budgen noted that Circe was ‘the longest, the strangest and in many ways the strongest episode in Ulysses, it is steeped in the atmosphere and governed by the logic of hallucination’. I made the first print on the theme in 1973. I see the present suite of prints very much as a work in progress, the theme far from over or exhausted for me”.