Gilly Cullen

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As an illustrator and fine artist, working through various media of sketching, painting and printing, I draw inspiration from all elements of nature. I believe that there is a beauty in everything around us, especially that which we see everyday but maybe do not take the time to really look at. This love of nature is a recurrent theme in my work, being both influenced by my deep found respect for the natural environment and through my scientific background as a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, in Environmental Science.  It was my love of science which finally brought me back to my love of art, and I think that it is my scientific eye that helps me to become so absorbed in the detail of my pieces!

I create one of a kind family portraits, pet portraits, and wildlife art, and love to capture the spirit and personality of each subject. I work mainly from photographs and so can recreate beautiful and personal images for my clients.

I have previously illustrated a children’s “Water Protection Workbook” for Dundalk Institute of Technology and have exhibited my work in a number of group exhibitions. I have also designed CD covers for singers Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin (“Let The Fairies In”) and Gerry Cullen (“The Blue Cuckoo”).

I was recently awarded the Annual Drawing Prize and the Rowel Friers Perpetual Trophy at the 2016 Royal Ulster Academy Exhibition, and was a finalist for The Zurich Portrait Prize in 2018.