Paul Cullen Archive

Paul Cullen Archive was established in 2017 as an archival project working with the artworks, drawings, photographs, negatives, workbooks, unrealised projects, research and ephemera of New Zealand artist Paul Cullen (1949–2017). Collected, produced and accumulated over more than forty years, this material dates back to the 1970s. This website is a work in progress and will continue to evolve and change over time. A more detailed offline database is also in development..Learn more


Diagrams, model-making, and various forms of temporary support structures pre-occupied artist Paul Cullen for almost four decades. Cullen was interested in graphic and three-dimensional diagrams of the world and its busy retinue of things. He was drawn to the systematic—to a world of organised complexity and accented differences—but also to forms of systemic collapse and categorical absurdities. This fascination with objects, their modes of representation, and their precarious lives in time, coloured the artist’s abiding interest in architecture, gardens, landscape design, technological illustration, systems of measurement, domestic furniture, and philosophical fictions in which things and spaces tell strange stories of inversion, suspension and irrational propagation. Learn more