FRED CUMING

(born 1930)

Fred Cuming, is a contemporary British landscape painter, who works in a traditional manner.

Cuming was born in London of English, Scottish and Irish ancestry. He received his art education at Sidcup School of Art (1945–9) and, after National Service, at the Royal College of Art. He was awarded the Abbey Minor Travelling Scholarship to visit Italy. In 1964, he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy (ARA), and a Royal Academician (RA) in 1974. He is also a member of the New English Art Club.

As well as continuing to paint Italian scenes, including Venice, he still devotes much time to the landscape of the Southern English coastline, including Hastings and Rye. His art has an impressionist quality which captures “the fleeting impressions of his surroundings.” He first encountered such landscapes as a child evacuee during the Blitz. The powerful contrast to his home in London created an enduring love for it. He lives in Rye, near Ashford, Kent.His work is in many collections including the Royal Academy, Ministry of Works, Maidstone Museum, Carlisle Museum, Worcester College, Oxford, London Tourist Board, National Trust Foundation for Art, Department of the Environment, Brighton and Hove Museum, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, Bradford Museum, New Metropole Arts Centre, Folkestone, Monte Carlo Museum, St John’s College, Oxford, Lloyd’s of London, London Weekend Television and the Guinness Collection. Fred Cuming’s haunting, vaguely Turneresque, painting, Ferry to Polrwen, combines great subtlety, especially in his skilful representation of a lowering sky, with an end-of-era feel, strongly redolent of Turner’s own masterpiece, the Fighting Temeraire.

The love of nature and the lyrical response it inspires, whether in painting or poetry, is inextinguishable in English art. Fred Cuming’s thoughtful and tender depictions of cloud, land and sea, recall times of day where our awareness of transience, or the fragility of appearance is most acute, such as dawn or twilight. How often cloud, that most evanescent of motifs, appears to be his subject. By responding to distance and the changeability of our weather he shows how the artist’s imagination is necessarily engaged in a climate where views lack certainty and objects rarely stand alone and complete.

The art of Fred Cuming is at home entirely within this profound tradition, one to which he contributes his unique temperament, touch and vision.”

Christopher Le Brun, President, The Royal Academy of Arts

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