Discipline: Visual Art – installation

Zac Culler

Discipline: Visual Art – installation
Region: Seattle
MacDowell fellowships: Winter 2010, Fall 2013

Zac Culler is known nationally and in the Northwest for his site-specific and installation work as a member of the collaborative trio SuttonBeresCuller. He exhibited his work for his first solo show at Linda Hodges Gallery in July 2016.

Inspired by a trip to Nepal, Culler set about making mandala-like paintings that give new meaning to the Eastern Mandala symbol. Traditionally, the circular symbol is used to represent the infinite universe in Hindu and Buddhist thought. In fact, it means circle in Sanskrit. Flipping Eastern mysticism on its head, Culler's universe of sharks, boxers, birds, horse heads, and other objects reflect a western state of mind.

Culler's other body of work includes watercolor portraits of local personalities, which chronicle his life as an artist through the people he meets along the way. Provocative, insightful, and energetic, they leap off the page into the viewer's space.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Culler came to Seattle in 1996 to study art at Cornish, where he received in B.F.A. in painting and sculpture.

Studios

Heinz

Zac Culler worked in the Heinz studio.

The icehouse, built of fieldstone in 1914–1915, was a practical part of Mrs. MacDowell’s plan for a self-sufficient farm. Winter ice cut from a nearby pond was stored here for summer use on the property. Idle since 1940, it was a handsome but outdated farm building. In 1995, Mrs. Drue Heinz, a vice chairman of…

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