Jacob Cullers

Represented by MS17 Art Project  
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t’s 0100 in Iraq. I awake to the sound of mortars and rockets landing, looking for people to be killed. Panic and survival mode sets in quickly as I try compose my soldier mentality. Where the fuck is my rifle? I haven’t gotten a decent night’s sleep since I was back in the states. I miss home. I’m at the runway of an airport waiting for my brother to arrive. I haven’t seen him since he left for his second deployment to Afghanistan. He is coming home early this time. The plane arrives. The back of the plane opens and out comes his casket draped with the American flag.  I crumble. It’s 2:00 in the morning and I just painted over a painting. Construct, deconstruct, reconstruct. “– JACOB CULLERS

Jacob Cullers follows in the footsteps of the likes of Otto Dix and George Grosz – Artists that Cullers cites as influences on his paintings.  Like his predecessors of the German Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity) – Cullers, a veteran himself whose older brother lost his life during his second tour with the Army in Afghanistan, is driven to use his art to delve deeply into the realities of war –  suggestions of dubious corporate agendas and the subversion of patriotism…sudden violent death, broken bodies and scarred psyches.

This is not art for the faint of heart; truth often isn’t. Devoid of patriotic sentimentality, Cullers, reminiscent of Max Ernst populates his canvases with abstractly surreal forms – uncanny in their vague familiarity.

Cullers_TheMan_80x80in_oil and dust sheet on canvas_2017-$10000
The Man
80 x 80 inches
Oil and dustsheet on canvas