October 27, 2017


Abbey McCulloch has been awarded the Sunshine Coast Art Prize Residency for 2017. The residency is administered by Caloundra Regional Gallery and sponsored by Montville Country Cabins.

The award was judged by Angela Goddard, Director of Griffith Artworks, responsible for the Griffith University Art Collection and the Griffith University Art Gallery in Brisbane.

Image: Abbey McCulloch | Exile | 2017 | acrylic on canvas | 150 x 100 cm

Read more here

October 13, 2017


Art Enquirer is a new publication and joint initiative of the Flying Arts Artiz and IMA Art Club programs. It hosts a collection of essays written by senior students of visual arts from Queensland state and non-state high schools.

Student Charlee Dornauf (Launceston Church Grammar School) wrote an essay, 'Behind a Person' which featured works from McCulloch's solo exhibition Zero. Dornauf's focus was a visual analysis drawing attention to remerging themes in McCulloch's practice of femininity and sexuality.

The publication is available at the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane.

September 14, 2017


Artist Abbey McCulloch is a finalist in this years Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award (JUWSPA).

This year the award holds special significance as the Gold Coast honours the memory of Win Schubert and her extraordinary generosity, a lifelong custodian of Australian photography, art and creativity.

There is a diverse range of themes in this years exhibition from both established and emerging artists including portraiture, landscape, abstract and fashion, along with a strong representation of contemporary topics affecting twenty-first century Australians such as climate change, gender representation and shifting economic and technological landscapes.

Congratulations to Polly Borland for her winning photograph Two Heads A.

Artwork: Abbey McCulloch, The Nerve, 2017, inkjet print, 60 x 80 cm

June 2, 2017


Abbey McCulloch's recent exhibition 'Zero' is featured in the current edition of Art Almanac:

'Abbey McCulloch’s portraits articulately render the complexities of human emotion. ‘Zero’ is a series of new paintings of opaque pigments and translucent washes, reflecting on the idea that stillness is an illusive and yet essential state of being. Through her portraiture, McCulloch explores the inherent battle in what she calls ‘silencing our self-chatter’.'

See more here.

May 8, 2017


The Sunshine Coast Art Prize is a national contemporary acquisitive award presented by Sunshine Coast Council. The Award is open to any artist who is an Australian resident, working in a 2D medium. 

Forty finalists have been selected for an exhibition at the Caloundra Regional Gallery and the winning work will be added to the Sunshine Coast Art Collection.

Angela Goddard is the judge for the Sunshine Coast Prize 2017. Angela is the Director of Griffith Artworks, responsible for the Griffith University Art Collection and the Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane. Angela was previously the Curator of Australian Art at the Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA). Winners announced 31 August.

Read more Here.

November 20, 2016


Like bursts from a camera shutter, Abbey McCulloch’s new series Performance at Tweed Regional Gallery captures not only the most consciously posed and poised bodies, but those moments in between that reveal the out-takes, where gestures belie the vivacious, confident woman caught only a millisecond before.

Somehow, we all know one of these fabulous creatures. She oozes with self-possession, acuity and style. She has a kind of élan, or je ne sais quoi that can be neither bought or photoshopped. With a prolonged and desiring gaze we realise that she is not one, but many women. She is composite and contemporary taste. She is a construction created by you and I, and them ‘out there’.

In this moment, McCulloch’s aim comes into sharp relief, problematising the very act of looking. She asks simply, “What do you want from her?” And in asking this question, McCulloch characterises the expectations we place on others and ourselves in the performance of everyday life.  Dr Laini Burton, 2016

Friday 9 December, 2016 to Sunday 26 February, 2017 at Tweed Regional Gallery. 


November 12, 2016


The Art Life's Sharne Wolff recently posed six and a half questions to Abbey McCulloch about being a finalist in the 2016 Portia Geach prize, and what it's like to paint portraits.  

Sharne Wolff: You’ve been an Archibald finalist twice and your portrait of curator and arts writer Alison Kubler Two 2016, is now showing in the Portia Geach Memorial Award. Tell us a bit about the process of making portraits.

Abbey McCulloch: Actually three times in the Archie but hey, who’s counting? They’ve all been great experiences getting to meet the subjects – even the ones that didn’t make the cut – so in some ways the motivation to have a specific encounter is behind my wanting produce a portrait at all. I think my idea of a person shapes the portrait, and playing around with that preconception is far more interesting to me than simply re-creating someone on canvas. I keep the sitting brief as there is usually something that happens in those initial moments of meeting someone that sticks with you and I don’t like to lose that feeling. There is this immediate wrestle with the person you expected in your mind and I like to play around with that. I also hope to capture some of the nerves as they’re there somewhere too – for both of us.

Read more here.

October 30, 2016


Abbey McCulloch's work 'Two', a portrait of writer and curator Alison Kubler has been selected as a finalist in the Portia Geach Memorial Art Award for women artists for 2016.

The award, which was first given in 1965 in memory of the artist Portia Geach, displays selected entries from artists across the nation representing diversity in contemporary portraiture. The award is recognised as one of the most important celebrations of the talents and creativity of Australian female portrait painters and has played a major role in developing the profile of the nation’s women artists.

February 13, 2016

Abbey McCulloch New Works

Abbey McCulloch’s current practice has been transforming over the summer, from small ink on paper studies to large oil on canvas works. 

“We seem to let more of our hidden selves bubble to the surface as we age but perhaps it is just the prickly self-consciousness of youth that dissolves away. I think that at times we all struggle with honest versions of ourselves. Perhaps that is the best part about getting older, the guard lowers, our Dobermans settle."

With this idea that we can be too careful for own good, the images explore the impossible and yet wonderful abandon in letting aspects of our hidden selves surface. Allowing the consequences to fall around us, even if for a moment.

Abbey McCulloch and Tara Marynowsky joint exhibition 'Rawhide' is on from 14 June – 9 July, 2016. To view Abbey’s available works, click here.

November 11, 2015

Abbey McCulloch: Finalist in the Gold Coast Art Prize 2015

Congratulations to Abbey McCulloch who has been selected as a finalist in the Gold Coast Art Prize 2015 with her work 'Abundance'.  The winner will be announced at the Official Opening on the 5th December. Exhibition current until 31 January 2016.

Abbey's next exhibition at Edwina Corlette Gallery is in June 2016. To view available works click here.

October 10, 2015

Abbey McCulloch for Portia Geach Memorial Award 2015

We are very pleased to announce Abbey McCulloch was a finalist in the Portia Geach Memorial Award. The Award is recognised as one of the most important celebrations of the talents and creativity of contemporary Australian female portrait painters.

The Portia Geach Memorial Award was established by the will of the late Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister, Portia Geach. The non-acquisitive award of $30,000 is awarded by the Trustee for the entry which is of the highest artistic merit, 'for the best portrait painted from life of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, or the Sciences by any female artist resident in Australia.'

April 8, 2015

Cultural Flanerie reviews 'The Shallows'

Carrie McCarthy writes, "There is a lot of water in The Shallows, which surprises me as it always does in artists’ work. Using such an obvious trope is a big risk. Art and literature are already so full of stories of rivers and beaches, and waves that overwhelm. Water as a metaphor – cleansing, baptism, renewal – the phases of human life depicted in the ebb and flow of the tide. We stay afloat, tread water, swim against the tide." 

McCarthy's deeply thoughtful review of Abbey McCulloch's 'The Shallows' can be found here.

April 8, 2015

DAILY IMPRINT interviews Abbey McCulloch

In an interview with DAILY IMPRINT, Abbey says: “I have just always loved communicating through images for as long as I can remember. Drawing was just something that I had to do, in a compulsive and almost therapeutic sense.”’ See here for the full interview.

February 13, 2015

Abbey McCulloch in Harper’s Bazaar Magazine

Abbey McCulloch's work features in the March 2015 issue of Harper’s Bazaar Magazine.