Fred Cuming RA

Fred Cuming 1972 Fred and Audrey
Fred Cuming, 1998  

Introduction

Fred has devoted his life to expressing the fleeting impressions of his surroundings, often painting the South Coast of England around Hastings and Rye where he lives. He also continues to paint regularly in Italy.

History

Fred Cuming was born in 1930 in London and trained at the Sidcup School of Art between 1945 and 1949. After National Service he studied at the Royal College of Art for four years and was awarded the Abbey Travel Scholarship to visit Rome. In 1969 he was elected an Associate Member of the Royal Academy, becoming a full member in 1974. At that time, he was the yougest member ever elected. Fred has also been a member of the New English Art Club since 1960.

Fred has exhibited widely since his first one-man show at Thackeray Gallery, London, and has work in private and public collections internationally. In 2001 he was given the honour of being the 'Featured Artist' in the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, with an entire gallery of his own. In 2004, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the Arts at the University of Kent in Canterbury.

View Fred Cuming's listing on the Royal Academy website

Stephen Hawking at the National Portrait Gallery

Stephen Hawking, National Gallery Portrait

Fred Cuming was commissioned in 1996 to paint a portrait of Stephen Hawking. This portrait is now part of the National Portrait Gallery collection and was most recently exhibited in 2006.

Teaching

Fred has taught extensively, starting at the Harrow School of Art in 1956. In the following years, he also taught part-time at Maidstone (and Rochester) School of Art (1957); Wathlemstow Art College (1958 - 60); Hornsey Art School (1960 - 65); Leicester School of Art 1(1976); Farnham School of Art (1978 - 83).

From 1977 through to 1985, Fred worked full-time at the Metropole Gallery, Folkestone. Here, he assisted "the Great John Eveleigh", the brains and energy behind a terrific program of exhibitions at the gallery, unequalled in the South East. Exhibiting artists at the Metropole at that time included Henry Moore, Stanley Spencer, Sir Sidney Nolan, Sir Peter Blake and Eduardo Paolozzi.

Writing

In writing about his work, Fred Cuming has said, "I am not interested in pure representation, my work is about responses to the moods and atmospheres generated by landscape, still life or interior. I am interested in the developments of 20th Century painting, in abstraction, that has been present in all movements, and in new ideas and art forms. My philosophy is that the more I work the more I discover. Drawing is essential as a tool of discovery; skill and mastery of technique are also essential, but only as a vocabulary and a means towards an idea. I struggle to keep an open mind."

With an everyday scene, through his subtle approach and through focusing on light and tone, he lends it an elevated atmosphere. His subjects are often oriented around the mood of the sea, skies, harbours, marshland, ships and figures wandering on beaches; Fred is constantly absorbing everything that is around him. Equally, interiors and still lifes are often sources of inspiration.

Fred lives with Audrey, his wife of nearly fifty years, near Rye in East Sussex. They have two children and five grandchildren.

Fred Cuming, Resumé

RECENT SOLO EXHIBITIONS

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

2013

Adam Gallery, London

2012

Brian Sinfield Gallery, Oxfordshire

Bradford and Scunthorpe Museum

2011

Thompson Gallery

Brighton and Hove Museum

2010

Adam Gallery, London

Canterbury Museum

2009

Brian Sinfield Gallery, Oxfordshire

Carlisle Museum and Art Gallery

 

Thompson’s Gallery, London

Chantrey Bequest

2008

Adam Gallery, London and Bath

Cheltenham & Gloucester

2006

Adam Gallery, London and Bath

Department of the Environment

 

Thompson Gallery, London

Eastbourne Towner Gallery

2002

Alresford Gallery, Alresford

Farendon Trust

2001

City Gallery, London

Folkestone New Metropole Arts Centre

 

Adam Gallery, Bath

Guinness Collection

 

Neville Gallery, Canterbury

Kendall Museum

 

Alresford Gallery, Alresford, Hampshire

Kendall Museum

2000

New Grafton Gallery, London

Kent University, Derek Jarman Room

1999

Barneys Gallery, Greenwich, Ct, USA

Lloyd's of London

 

City Gallery, London

London Tourist Board

 

Neville Gallery, Canterbury

London Weekend Television

 

Alresford Gallery, Alresford, Hampshire

Maidstone Museum

 

Adam Gallery, Bath

Ministry of Works

1998

The Vogel Gallery, Dallas, Texas, USA

Monte Carlo Museum

 

New Grafton Gallery, London

National Museum of Wales, Cardiff

 

Jonleigh Gallery, Guildford

National Portrait Gallery

 

Jorgenson Gallery, Dublin

National Trust Foundation for Art

1997

City Gallery, London

New Metropole Arts Centre, Folkestone

 

Alresford Gallery, Alresford, Hampshire

Preston Museum

1996

New Grafton Gallery, London

Royal Academy, London

 

Mason Watts, Warwick

Salford Museum and Art Gallery

1995

City Gallery, London

Scunthorpe Museum

 

Jonleigh Gallery, Guildford

Shell

1994

New Grafton Gallery, London

Southend Museum

 

Sinfield Gallery, Burford

St John's College, Oxford

 

Mason Watts, Warwick

Stormont Gallery, Rye

1992

New Grafton Gallery, London

Towner Gallery, Eastbourne

 

Sinfield Gallery, Burford

W H Smith Ltd

1991

Drew Gallery, Canterbury

Worcester College, Oxford

1990

New Grafton Gallery, London

 

 

Easton Rooms, Rye

 

 

Sinfield Gallery, Burford

 

 

 

 

AWARDS

1977

Winner of Grand Prix Fine Art, Monaco

 

 

Sir Brinsley Ford Award

 

1986

New English Club

 

1988

Grand Prix de l'Art Contemporaries

 

 

 

 

MIXED EXHIBITIONS

 

Royal Academy Summer Show, since 1953

Little Studio, New York

 

Young Contemporaries, New English Art Club

Royal Academy, Edinburgh

 

Royal Society of Portrait Painters

Jonleigh Gallery, Guildford

 

John Moores, Liverpool

Pattersons Fine Art, London

 

Leicester Gallery

Mason Watts Fine Art, Warwick

 

Piccadilly Gallery

New Grafton Gallery, London

 

Adam Gallery, Bath

Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

 

Walker Galleries

Century Gallery, Datchet, Windsor

 

Brian Sinfield Gallery, Burford

Edinburgh Gallery

 

New Grafton Gallery, Barnes, London

Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

 

New Metropole Arts Centre, Folkestone

Duncan Campbell Gallery, London