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"Born and educated in Dublin, Derek Culley is mainly self taught and intuitive in approach. The language Culley uses is basically that of Abstract Expressionism in its various manifestations through Pollock and De Kooning, adding to the mix some references to Celtic and other sources. But if his language is a complex one, it is also one he has mastered and can on occasion use for his considerable expressive purposes. Since it is a manner which relies on a degree of impulse, his subjects can remain embedded in a welter of signs and marks. But when everything gels, the results have considerable imaginative impact and impressive power." 

Desmond MacAvock: "5 Years of Culley"" Exhibition Royal Hospital KiLmainham (IMMA) Dublin -The Irish Times 1989


Solo Shows

1985 Windsor Arts Centre Windsor UK

1989 Wolfson College Oxford UK

1989 Royal Hospital Kilmainham (now IMMA) Dublin Ireland

1990 Galerie am Buttermarkt Koln Germany

1990 The United Arts Club Dublin Ireland

1990 The George Montague Gallery Dublin Ireland

1994 The Green Room London UK

1994 The United Arts Club Dublin Ireland

1996 The Irish Club London UK

2000 RDS Dublin Ireland

2006 The Innes Lounge London UK

2006 Southport Art Centre Merseyside UK

2007 New Song Art Centre Rocklands USA

2007 O'Flaherty's San Jose CA USA

2008 ALT ENTS Art Group Civic Centre Tallaght curated by Eamon Colman 2008  (Aosdána)Dublin Ireland

2009 Pro Arts Oaklands USA

2009 "Cill Rialaig" Series @The Tea Rooms Birkdale UK

2010 Gala "LEO" - Casino: Independents Biennial 2010 Liverpool UK

2010 "Cill Rialaig" Series @The Tea Rooms Birkdale UK

2011" Cill Rialaig" Series @The Tea Rooms Birkdale UK

2011 "Golgotha" Liverpool Anglican Cathedral Liverpool UK

2011 "Tamh Lacht" RUA/RED (South Dublin Arts Centre) Curated and presented by ALT ENTS Art Group - Tallaght Dublin Ireland

2012 'Cill Rialaig Series' @The Tea Rooms Birkdale UK

2012 'Golgotha' Prayer Room IEC2012 International Eucharistic Congress RDS Dublin Ireland

2012 The ATTIC - (Independents Biennial) Liverpool UK

2013 Parallax Art Fair London UK

2014 Editions Limited - Independent Biennial -Liverpool UK

2016 The ATKINSON Gallery – Southport (Launch exhibition for The Landing Gallery - Selected Artist)


Art Colony Galicnick residency: Macedonia 1994

BIRD 2005. International Art Award. (Special Award by Jury)

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant Recipient 2006-2007. Awarded a grant of $25,000 for artistic merit

The Cill Rialaig Project Ireland 2008

208 artists, 1376 artworks
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