Lucy Culliton’s paintings are inspired by her country life on a property in the Monaro district of NSW. Her garden, home, and large array of animals – mostly rescued – often form the subject matter for her vibrant and beautiful paintings. Art critic, John McDonald describes her as “…that rare phenomenon: a natural painter. She proceeds from instinct, choosing her subject matter spontaneously, never letting go of a motif until she has exhausted every option.” An astute observer of the familiar and seemingly insignificant, Lucy offers the viewer an incisive but caring and often quirky view of the world around her.
Lucy studied fine art at the National Art School, graduating in 1996. Winner of the Portia Geach Memorial Award in 2006, Lucy is also a regular finalist in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes at the Art Gallery of NSW. In 2016, she was announced as a finalist in all three prizes. Her work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of NSW and Parliament House, Canberra.