Fred Cuming RA
Richard Holmes, the Romantic biographer, describes how Fred Cuming RA ‘reinvent[s] the world through colour’ to paint ‘both a recognisable place, which can be visited; and yet a completely transformed object of poetic intensity.’ For Fred Cuming, Turner has long been an acknowledged influence, alongside Constable. Fred has always painted outdoors as much as possible and his ability to capture the magic of light effects on sea, sky and mountains is quite unique.
A selection of Fred Cuming’s paintings from our most recent exhibition are shown below. Call us on 01308 459511 if you would like to enquire about any of the paintings or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Fred Cuming RA has devoted his life to expressing fleeting impressions of the world around him. He captures the moods and atmospheres generated by landscape, still life or interior. He often paints the coast of the south of England, around Rye where he lives and also many visits to the Dorset coast.
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 been a member of the New English Art Club since 1960. His book, the lavishly illustrated 190 page Another Figure in the Landscape, edited by Christian Tyler with an introduction by Richard Holmes OBE, is available from Sladers Yard.
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.
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.”
Fred’s subtle approach, focusing on light and tone, lends an elevated atmosphere to everyday scenes. His subjects are often oriented around the mood of the sea, skies, harbours, marshland, ships and figures wandering on beaches. Equally, interiors and still lifes are often sources of inspiration. He loves to paint the Dorset coastline especially around Lyme Regis. He has shown at Sladers Yard once before in 2012.
Fred lives near Rye in East Sussex. He and his wife Audrey had two children and five grandchildren.