Cullen Washington Jr.


Washington's work is about abstraction, not about abstracting objects, but rather about how he experiences the world and about his dialogue with the work in progress. Thinking of abstraction as the taking away of material things or the theft of reality, the artist works towards the extraction of representation or 'things'. 

Washington was born in 1972 in Alexandria, Louisiana, USA. He currently lives and works in New York. Recent exhibitions include 'Things in Themselves', curated by Lauren Haynes, at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York,  'Black in the Abstract', curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver, at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Jan 25 - March 23 2014, and  'The Land Before Words', curated by Lynne Cooney, at the Boston University Museum, Jan 24 - March 2014. Recent acquisitions have been made by the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Saatchi Gallery, London.

Works in the collection