Stephen Cullen was born in Dublin in 1959 and has been exhibiting professionally since 1982. He has rapidly become one of Irelands best known artists. Stephen exhibits extensively throughout Ireland and has also exhibited across Europe, in Strasbourg, Luxembourg and recently in London. On occasion, Stephen has been invited to exhibit at the international EIGSE exhibition and also at the RHA annual exhibition in Dublin. Using a palette knife, Stephen paints predominantly with oils on canvas. The use of vivid colours plays a strong part in creating his compositions. His knife work is bold and rapid, creating a fabulously lively approach throughout his paintings. While these strokes are definite, they are not necessarily controlled. The combination of both colours and application of paint evokes a strong sense of motion and he uses the canvas as a colour, incorporating it within the painting. Stephen expertly retains the figurative element in his work, while still allowing a spontaneous freedom of expression. Ultimately it is difficult to categorise Stephens's work because of his clever combination of various styles. None the less the overall effect tends to lean towards Fauvism. Unarguably Stephen has become one of Ireland's most sought after artists. His works can be found in several private collections, not only across Ireland but world-wide.