King Street Gallery on William

Lucy Culliton

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

Her inaugural solo exhibition with King Street Gallery, 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 most recent 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 inclusion in group exhibitions both across Australia and internationally reveals the extent the public acclaim surrounding her work. She has been selected multiple times for the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman at the Art Gallery NSW, as well as the Mosman Art Prize, Salon des Refuses, 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 in the same year, being 2016.

Lucy’s work can be found in the collections of the Art Gallery NSW, Australian Parliament House, Canberra, the National Gallery Australia, Macquarie Bank, New England Regional Art Gallery and Tamworth Regional Gallery.

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




Lucy Culliton 2020 Archibald and Wynne

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

Painting in the studio

Lucy Culliton shows Maria Stoljar the subjects of her recent paintings

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

Mosman Art Gallery - Lucy Culliton 2014

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

Artist Lucy Culliton's studio

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

Solo Exhibitions

Cambalong Creek King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

Bibbenluke spring Beaver Galleries, Canberra, ACT
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

Group Exhibitions [selected]

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

Why paint a vase of flowers by Anne Ryan

Bibbenluke botanicals exhibition catalogue, King Street Gallery on William


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