Space, a sense of stillness, the natural elements and the minimalist view, all define home for my practice. This is a visual and visceral aesthetic - awareness of spatial relationships, the space within words, thoughts and speech, space between and through all perceived existence, and the stillness that underlies everything. Considering that space is the primary element of all existence, it is surprising that aside from physics we don't pay much attention to it, preferring the manifested form. Living for 40 years in fields and woods, large skies and horizons have informed my aesthetic. Nature also shares a pervasive heart of presence when we care to pause and touch into it. The elements are in constant dynamic change and space generously provides the scaffold for this observation, the support for a lived awareness if possible.
Integrated seamlessly into my art practice is a passion and practice of the science of direct experience, perception and being. Understanding the relative and essential nature of our phenomenal world.
The quiet relentless simplicity and stark beauty of Agnes Martin's work has endless resonance for me. Formally, Lyrical Abstraction and Minimalism also sustain me in my inquiry, as well as simple living and observation. My approach is to encounter, observe, simplify, and learn.
My home and studio is in Oro-Medonte, Ontario where I share life with Canadian artist and musician Robert Marchessault. (http://www.robertmarchessault.ca)
Propeller Gallery, Nov 2019, Best in Show talk
Wasaga: Detritus 18, digital image
Wasaga: Detritus 13, digital image
The Washi works: For ecological and health reasons, and for the joy of drawing, I returned to incorporating works on paper into my practice, specifically Japanese handmade papers called Washi. I make my own walnut ink from the walnut trees that line my studio driveway, with an aspiration to eventually create and blend more natural inks from nature's living organisms. Experimentation and introducing new elements is always about a continuous creative rebirth. The effort usually brings exhilarating and fruitful results.
Fire & Water, diptych, 16.5 X 24"
Teresa Cullen, MA, BA, BFA
Oro-Medonte, Ontario Canada
Selected Exhibitions (Solo & Group):
2020 A Leap of Faith, Be Contemporary Gallery, Barrie/Innisfil, Ontario
2019 The Promise of Sekishu (Washi), Best in Show, Propeller Gallery & The Japanese Paper Place, Toronto, November
2016 Group Exhibition, Bohemia Cafe, Barrie, Ontario
2015 Group Exhibition, Stax Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario
2015 December Show, Wallack Galleries, Ottawa, Ontario
2014 Water, Trias Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
2014 Threshold (solo), Gallery 111 Artists Cooperative, Barrie, Ontario
2012 Found in Translation: Highlights from the Permanent Collection, McLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ON, curated by Jennifer Withrow
2009 Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB, New Artists
2008 Wallack Gallery, Group Christmas exhibit, Ottawa
2007 Wallack Gallery, Group Christmas exhibit, Ottawa
2006 Toronto Int'l Art Fair - Trias Gallery
2006, Agnes Bugera Gallery (solo), Edmonton, Alberta
2005 Group Show, Wallack Gallery, Ottawa Canada
2005 Toronto International Art Fair
2005 Group Show, Galerie d'Avignon, Montreal
2003, Zsa Zsa Gallery, (solo with Nancy Kembry), Toronto
2003, Michael Gibson Gallery Inc., (solo with Robert Marchessault) London
1999, Michael Gibson Gallery Inc (solo) London
1997 Group Show, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto Canada
1997 Transient Nature, Group Show, Art Gallery of Ontario, Rental Gallery, Toronto
1995 Thielsen Galleries Inc., (solo) London
1995 McLaren Art Centre, Barrie, selection from permanent collection of T.Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound
1995 Image & Text: Laura Millard & Teresa Cullen, curated by Brian Meehan,
1994 James Baird Gallery, (solo)Toronto
1994 OMERS Art Collection, Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound, .
1994 Thielsen Galleries Inc., (solo) London
1993 Kanada-Gotland, Konstmuseum, Gotland, Sweden
1992 Two Escarpments, Canada-Sweden,Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound
1992 Works on Paper, Sweden-Canada, Ystad Sweden. Konstmuseum
1992 Brucebo Foundation Anniversary Exhibition. Gotland, Sweden. Konstmuseum.
1992 Intuition as Process: Five Artists. Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound
1991 Vessels, Walkerton Public Art Gallery, Walkerton, Ontario
1991 Urban Refugees, John B.Aird Gallery, Toronto
1990 Gallery 291, (solo) Toronto
1990 Viewpoints, MacDonald Stewart Art Gallery, Guelph
1987, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1981, (solo) Gadatsy Gallery, Toronto
2004, Wurlitzer Foundation Artist Residency, Taos, New Mexico
1998, Ontario Arts Council, Mid-Career arts grant
1994, 1993, 1987, 1985 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grants
1991 Ontario Arts Council, Visual Arts Grant
1991 William B. Bruce Travel Scholarship/Residency, Canadian-Scandinavian Foundation
2006, Edmonton Journal, June, Review by Gilbert Bouchard
2003, Scene, April 17/2003, Review by Tess Parkinson
1993, ArtForum International, November 1993. Review by Laura U.Marks
1993 Gotlands Allehanda, Sweden. Septe 8/93. Review by Helene Kornem
1991 The Print & Drawing Council of Canada, v.1 #1, Summer 1991. Review by Libby Hague.
1991 The Globe & Mail, Apr 12/91. Review by Kate Taylor
1991 A History of Inventions, by Stephen Hogbin. Published by Ginger Press, Owen Sound
1991 Red, Black & White. Published by T. Thomson Gallery. Written by Robert Marchessault
1991 The Durham Chronicle, May 8/91. Review by James Gillespie
1990 The Owen Sound Sun Times, Mar 17/90. Review by Jim Algie
1990 The Owen Sound Sun Times, Mar 24/90. Review by Jim Algie
1990 Emptiness. Published by T. Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound. Written by Andrew Goss.
Video Documentary: Teresa Cullen: Winter Studio, 1993, Umberwood Media, ISBN 1-895881-04-8
University of Stockholm, Sweden, CIL, Hudson's Bay Co., Imperial Oil Ltd., Export Development Corp., Sunlife Corp., The London Club, Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, McLaren Art Centre,
O.M.E.R.S., and private collections, Canada, US, Sweden
Wallack Gallery, Ottawa, Canada
Trias Gallery, Oakville, ON, Canada