Michael Cullen RHA

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Michael Cullen RHA


1946 Michael Cullen was born in Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow.
He studied painting at the National College of Art in Dublin and life drawing at the Central College of Art and Design in London.

 1984 Elected a member of Aosdána, the Irish Academy of the Arts.

2007 Elected a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA).



2014 Royal Watercolour Society, London: International Open Competition

         St Cuthberts Mill Award

2012 RHA Annual Exhibition: Gerry Torsney Prize for Portraiture

2012 RHA Annual Exhibition: The Abdul and Katharine Bulbulia Art in Health Award

2011 RHA Annual Exhibition:

        De Veres Auctioneers Art Award for a Work of Distinction

2005 RHA Annual Exhibition:

        De Veres Auctioneers Art Award for a Work of Distinction

1997 Ford Ireland and Sunday Independent - Painter of the Year

1997 Kamnik, Slovenia:

         Winner of the 2nd International Biennale of Watercolours Competition

1995 Alice Berger Hammerschlag Award

1989 Berlin Senate Award

1987 National Portrait Award

1984 Independent Artists Major Painting Award

1977/82/84 Arts Council Bursaries

1971-73 Scholarship to the National College of Art, Dublin


From 1969 Cullen has been living and painting for extended periods in England, Morocco, Germany, Mexico, France, Spain, and Ireland.


Cullen’s works are in the collections of: the Museum of Modern Art, Kamnik, Slovenia; the Berlin Senate Collection; the National Gallery of Ireland; the Ulster Museum; Civic Collection, Derry City Council; the Arts Council of Ireland; the Arts Council of Northern Ireland; the Irish Contemporary Art Society; Edward Kienholz and Nancy Reddin Kienholz Collection, Idaho, USA; Central Bank of Ireland; Allied Irish Bank; Bank of Ireland; the Office of Public Works; Trinity College, Dublin; Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane; and the Irish Museum of Modern Art.