painting of an outdoor scene


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drawing of a nude woman

Room in Provence

drawing of an outdoor scene

Ikarian Landscape

painting of a Sunrise at Varanasi

Sunrise, Varanasi



See below for artist information or to get more of a personal insight, read our interview with Patrick Cullen.

Artist Statement

Patrick Cullen is a painter in oil, pastel and watercolour, known for his scenes of Tuscany, Andalucia and Southern France, in all seasons and weathers. Over the past ten years he has also made a number of trips to India, painting and sketching in the streets and markets of Rajasthan and Gujarat. In 2013 he also made two trips to Transylvania. He runs residential courses from time to time. He is also a portrait painter, most notably in the pastel medium. He is available for portrait commissions. See enquiry form below.

Method of Working

I work mainly in pastels when travelling and gathering ideas for paintings. As well as using a sketchbook, I complete a number of pastels ‘on site’, some of which may become the basis for larger paintings in oils or watercolour back in the studio. For pastels I work mainly on Wallis paper, an extra fine sandpaper of archival quality developed by the pastellist Kitty Wallis. I tend to only work in watercolour for extra large subjects and I use a roll of Bockingford NOT stretched on a 6ft x 4ft board, working flat on the studio floor. For oils: a fine oil primed canvas. My work is either completed from life or based on studies done from life because the process of observing nature is the source of my inspiration. A photograph by-passes this process and presents one with a mechanically derived image rather than one's subjective response to the visual world.

Biographical Details

1997 Elected a Member of the New English Art Club
1994-2000 Elected to serve on the Pastel Society Committee
1990-2003 Elected a Member of the Pastel Society
1973-76 BA (Hons) in Fine Art, Camberwell School of Art
1972-73 St Martins School of Art

Scholarships, Awards & Prizes

2016 The NEAC Critics' Prize at the New English Art Club Annual Exhibition
2015 Lynn-Painter Stainer Prize-winner
2012 Chelsea Art Society Painting Award
2004 Royal Watercolour Society Award
2003 The Minto Prize at the New English Art Club Annual Exhibition
2001 Kathleen Tronson Award at the New English Art Club Annual Exhibition
2001 Jans Ondaatje Rolls Award at the New English Art Club Annual Exhibition
2000 Premier Award, Pastel Society Centenary Exhibition
1991 Abbot and Holder Travel Award, Royal Watercolour Society
1990 Daler-Rowney Prize, Pastel Society
1995 Premier Award, Pastel SocietyPast Exhibitions


2010/13 Solo exhibitions at Indar Pastricha Fine Arts, London W2
2007 New Grafton Gallery, London
1992/94/96/98/2001/03/05 Thackeray Gallery, London


2015 Four-man show at Indar Pasricha Fine Arts
2013 Five-man exhibition at the Tryon Galleries, London SW1
2014/15/16 New English Art Club Annual Exhibition
2006 Two-Man Show with the late Tom Fairs NEAC, New Grafton Gallery


The New English (represented in, 2006) by Kenneth McConkey, ISBN 1903973988