Creative visual thinking is fundamental to us all as human beings as we strive to understand our sense of self and the world. Chartwell seeks to deepen understanding about the importance of art and creative thinking for our future and our wellbeing.
Chartwell is an explorer of the visual world. We want to know more about how and what we see. When both the eye and the mind are active, the creative process opens to the artist and viewer. The Chartwell Collection provides the viewer many examples of creative visual thought in action.
Chartwell supports artists as they make and think. Making is an active and connected process, involving the interaction of intention, intuition and intellect with the mediums of the world. Chartwell is making too - making a difference through philanthropy and enabling access to creative activities and research.
Chartwell encourages everyone to think about art and the creative process with a commitment to drive an understanding about the significance of the visual arts to general creative thinking. We share a curiosity to know and learn more: an imaginative, ongoing investigation.
Paul Cullen graduated with a Diploma of Fine Arts (Hons) in Sculpture from the University of Canterbury in 1975. Prior to this, he had completed a BSc in biological sciences at The University of Auckland and spent a year studying landscape design at Lincoln University. Later in his career as a lecturer and artist, Cullen completed a Master of Fine Arts (2000) and a Doctor of Fine Arts (2007) at The University of Auckland.Paul Cullen’s work is about the constructing and testing of relations between materials, objects and processes. Given the precarious condition of our planet today, his attention to fragile and whimsical connections between things gives his work a particular poignancy.
Cullen received several awards, travel grants, and residencies, including the Moët et Chandon Artist's Fellowship in France (1996), and a Senior Fulbright Award (2012) which took him to the Architecture Department at Auburn University, Alabama, where he worked with landscape architects to develop a site-based outdoor sculpture project. Cullen taught at Manukau Institute of Technology between 1996 and 2008, and from 2008 to 2016 at Auckland University of Technology, where he became an Associate Professor and Head of Department of Visual Arts in 2014. Cullen has exhibited in in numerous international centres including Manchester, London, Halifax, Stockholm, Sydney, Melbourne, Seoul, Chung-Buk,São Paolo, Cheongju, Alabama, Los Angeles, Marfa (Texas), Munich, and Berlin.