One of our favourite artists in recent times, Darren Cullen is a satirical artist, illustrator and writer based in London. Cullen initially thought he to go into advertising as a career, studying it at Leeds College of Art where he learned the language and techniques of the medium but became steadily horrified at the ethical implications involved. Claiming that “manipulating the desires and aspirations of the public, and especially children, using an arsenal of sophisticated and emotionally damaging psychological techniques is an appalling way to make a living and an even worse way to sustain an economy.”. Cullen abandoned advertising to study Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art. He now uses the language of advertising to make work about the empty promises of consumerism amongst other topics. Darren has exhibited widely in the UK, including being one of the exhibiting artist's at Banksy's Dismaland and also running his Pocket Money Loans store at Saatchi Art's The Other Art Fair.
I find Darren's work to be laugh out loud funny, witty and very insightful.