King Street Gallery on William

Lucy Culliton

Lucy Culliton (born 1966) is one of Australia’s most well-recognised female contemporary landscape and still life artists. Lucy attended the National Art School and has been successfully exhibiting for over 20 years.

Lucy’s solo exhibition in March 2024, The Easter Show, is a reflection of her time spent as the official artist in residence at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, since 2022. Lucy criss-crosses the grounds of The Show, observing and revelling in the beauty of the festival. The Easter Show is a celebration of drawings, gouaches and oils capturing the essence of The Show as only Lucy’s observational acuity can gather.

Her inaugural solo exhibition with King Street Gallery in 2017, Residents of Bibbenluke Lodge, featured a series of portraits of her ‘beloved animals and their unique personalities’. (John McDonald, 2017 Catalogue Essay). The subject matter of her 2019 solo exhibition Bibbenluke Botanicals, like Residents of Bibbenluke, is a ‘reflection of her tendency to paint things in which she has a deep personal affection’ (Why paint a vase of flowers, Anne Ryan, 2019, Catalogue Essay).

Lucy’s 2022 solo exhibition Cambalong Creek, was the result of three years of painting the creek on Gunningrah, setting up her easel in all weathers. ‘She worked in roaring, dusty winds while the drought wore on. When it broke, she worked knee-high in fresh grass. In this exhibition Lucy pays homage to Cambalong Creek in all its seasons and rugged beauty’ (Elizabeth Fortescue, 2022, Catalogue Essay).

Lucy’s inclusion in group exhibitions both across Australia and internationally reveals the extent of the public acclaim surrounding her work. She has been selected multiple times for the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, as well as the Mosman Art Prize, Salon des Refusés, Portia Geach Memorial Award, and the Dobell and Kedumba Drawing Awards.

In 1999, Lucy received Highly Commended in the Portia Geach Memorial Award. In 2000, Culliton won the acquisitive Mosman Art Prize and in 2004, the Kedumba Drawing Award. Culliton is the only female Australian artist to be a finalist in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes in the same year, being 2016. Lucy’s work can be found in the collections of the Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia, Macquarie Bank, New England Regional Art Gallery and Tamworth Regional Gallery.

King Street has represented Lucy since 2017. She lives and works at her studio in Bibbenluke, Monaro NSW.



Lucy Culliton, 'Bibbenluke, Spring' - Wynne Prize 2023

Lucy Culliton - Archibald and Wynne Prize, 2020

Maria Stoljar takes you to the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW - Lucy Culliton featured in both the Wynne and Archibald.

Lucy Culliton, 'Soils for Life', Archibald Prize, 2020

Lucy Culliton painting in the studio, 2017

Lucy Culliton shows Maria Stoljar the subjects of her recent paintings, 2017

Maria Stoljar, host of the Talking with Painters podcast, meets artist Lucy Culliton at her home in Bibbenluke and meets her many animals. To hear their conversation go to the podcast at episode 9

Opening of Lucy Culliton's exhibition 'The residents of Bibbenluke Lodge', 2017

Maria Stoljar, host of the Talking with Painters podcast caught up with Lucy Culliton at the opening of her exhibition 'The Residents of Bibbenluke Lodge' at King Street Gallery in Sydney. The interview with Lucy Culliton is episode 9 on the podcast. To hear it go to where she talks about her love of many animals, most of which were rescued.

Artist Lucy Culliton's Studio, 2017

Take a look inside Lucy Culliton's breathtaking studio in southern NSW, Australia. Hear her conversation with Maria Stoljar on the Talking with Painters podcast at - episode 9

Lucy Culliton talks about brushes, 2017

In the studio with Lucy Culliton, Maria Stoljar gets some tips about brushes. To hear their conversation go to episode 9 of the Talking with Painters podcast.

Mosman Art Gallery - Lucy Culliton 2014

Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Lucy Culliton. Exhibition dates: 20th September - 30th November 2014

Solo Exhibitions

The Easter Show, King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

Backdrop Beaver Galleries, Canberra, ACT
Home Grown Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane QLD

Cambalong Creek King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

Bibbenluke spring Beaver Galleries, Canberra, ACT
Stay warm, be cool Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane

Bibbenluke botanicals King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

Caution wet paint New England Regional Art Gallery (NERAM), NSW; Shoalhaven Regional Art Gallery, NSW

Residents of Bibbenluke Lodge King Street Gallery on William, Sydney
Our Animals Lucy and Anna Culliton, Tamworth Regional Art Gallery, NSW

Our Animals Beaver Galleries, Canberra

Weeds of the Monaro & Others Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Lucy Culliton Mosman Art Gallery

Bibbenluke Flowers Ray Hughes Gallery

Home Ray Hughes Gallery

Bibbenluke Ray Hughes Gallery

Stuff Ray Hughes Gallery

The Show (domestic science) Ray Hughes Gallery

Tuscon paintings The Palm House, Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Cactus Ray Hughes Gallery

Hartley Landscapes Ray Hughes Gallery

Food Paintings Ray Hughes Gallery

Farm Paintings Ray Hughes Gallery

Paintings Level Gallery, Sydney

The painted river project: Blue Mountains Rare Upland Swamps Margaret Whitlam Galleries, NSW
The painted river project BAMMOREE, NSW

The Wynne Prize Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
The painted river project BAMMOREE, NSW
Freaks of Nature Ambush Gallery, Sydney

The Big Picture Show King Street Gallery on William, Sydney
The Archibald Prize Art Gallery New South Wales, Sydney
The Sulman Prize Art Gallery New South Wales, Sydney

The Archibald Prize AGNSW, Sydney
The Wynne Prize AGNSW, Sydney

Inside/Outside King Street Gallery on William

National Art: Part One National Art School, Sydney
The Art of Friendship Gallery Lane Cove, Sydney, NSW
The Mosman Art Prize Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney

Archibald Prize Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW); Geelong Gallery, Vic; Murray Art Museum Albury, NSW; Grafton Regional Art Gallery, NSW; Bega Valley Regional Gallery, NSW; Hawkesbury Regional Art Gallery, NSW; Western Plains Cultural Centre, NSW

Wynne Prize AGNSW
Archibald Prize AGNSW
Packing room prize AGNSW
Self Portraits
King Street Gallery on William, Sydney
Artist Profile: Australasian Painters Orange Regional Gallery, NSW

Archibald Prize AGNSW
Wynne Prize AGNSW

Archibald Prize AGNSW; Art Gallery of Ballarat, VIC; Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW; Cowra Regional Art Gallery, NSW; Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, NSW; Newcastle Art Gallery, NSW; Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, NSW, Glasshouse, NSW.

Archibald Prize AGNSW
Sulman Prize AGNSW
Wynne Prize AGNSW
Popular Pet Show National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Paper Trail The Hughes Gallery, Sydney
Six Artists Seven Days Mary Place Gallery, Sydney

Efflorescent Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Lucy Land Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
So much more than a big sheep Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, NSW

Three Australian Landscapes The Hughes Gallery, Sydney
Life’s a Beach The Hughes Gallery
Paper Trail The Hughes Gallery

Fresh from the Studio ’12 Ray Hughes Gallery
En Plein air Winds of Change Weereewa Festival

Archibald Prize AGNSW, Sydney
Australia Day 2011 – Group Celebration, Tim Olsen Gallery


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Australian Parliament House, Canberra
Gold Coast Arts Centre, Qld
Macquarie Bank
Mosman Art Gallery, NSW
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
New England Regional Art Museum
Queensland University Art Museum, Brisbane
Tamworth Regional Gallery, NSW
Waltzing Matilda Centre, Winton

Cambalong Creek 2022

View exhibition catalogue

Bibbenluke botanicals 2019

Caution wet paint 2018

The Residents of Bibbenluke Lodge 2017

View exhibition catalogue

The Popular Pet Book 2017

The Popular Pet Book was published in conjunction with the exhibition The Popular Pet Show at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 3 November 2016 to 13 March 2017.


The Popular Pet Book features portraits of famous and obscure Australians and their pets by contemporary artists Nicholas Harding, Lucy Culliton, Darren McDonald, Anna Culliton, Fiona McMonagle, Ken Done, Noel McKenna, Graeme Drendel, Robyn Sweaney and Kristin Headlam.

The book features more than one hundred colour images of paintings and fifteen light-hearted, yet informative essays by Dr Sarah Engledow.

In recent works of art, animals have often appeared as slightly menacing characters, playing shadowy parts in indeterminate scenes. Yet, leading painters keep expressing the gaiety and cosiness that many of us share with our animal companions; celebrating their trusting and unpretentious souls.

Lately, the fifteen Australian artists whose work appears in The Popular Pet Book have painted people and their animal friends in a very different fashion. The range is no surprise: the artists’ own stories are very various, including not just how, but why they make art, how it challenges them, and what they get out of it.

The painted, sculpted and drawn pet animals in this book make congenial guides to random, basic ideas about art. Some artists go at their subjects in fervour, with bravado; and some labour over individual hairs with skills that bring tears to the eyes.

Text supplied courtesy of Dr Sarah Engledow.


This publication can be purchased here


The Eye of the Beholder: Lucy Culliton Survey Catalogue 2014

Catalogue produced by Mosman Art Gallery

Curator: Katrina Cashman

Catalogue Design: Kasia Froncek, Bespoke Creative

Photography: Jenni Carter, Penelope Clay, Tim Connolly of Shoot Studios, Adam Hollingworth of Hired Gun, The Hughes Gallery, Jason Martin, Daniel Shipp.

View exhibition catalogue

Art of life – The everyday world of Lucy Culliton by Jennine Primmer

Southern Wild Co. Online publication

15 October 2021

Lucy Culliton, painting the theatre of the everyday by Kirsty McKenzie

Australian Country Magazine online publication

9 June 2021


National Art School Online Pubilcation

8 March 2021

Rescue dogs and the good life: the art of Lucy Culliton on Radio National

Namila Benson, Presenter / Rosa Ellen, Producer / Rhiannon Brown, Executive Producer

17 February 2021

Why paint a vase of flowers by Anne Ryan

Bibbenluke botanicals exhibition catalogue, King Street Gallery on William

2019 Catalogue Essay

Sydney shakes market doubt through the art of optimism by John McDonald

Spectrum, the Sydney Morning Herald

13 September 2019

Lucy Culliton and the painteed world of Bibbenluke by Elizabeth Walton

Ozarts Magazine feature pg. 43-52

August 2019

A reunion of the old school by Christopher Allen

The Australian Review

29 September 2018

Lucy Culliton in The Popular Pet Show by Dr Sarah Engledow

National Portrait Gallery publication


Archibald Portraits by Donald McDonald

Culture Buff in the Spectator Australia

23 July 2016

Capital Life: What's on in Canberra's arts scene from October 3 by Clare Colley

Spectrum, the Sydney Morning Herald

30 September 2015

EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: The Art of Lucy Culliton

Mosman Art Gallery media release

September 2014

The art of Lucy Culliton

ARTAND, Sydney


World without end by John McDonald

Spectrum, the Sydney Morning Herald

24 August 2013

Hot art, cold market by Katrina Strickland

Australian Financial Review

September 2012