Gus Cummins RA
Born in London in 1943, Gus Cummins studied at the Sutton and Wimbledon Schools of Art and at the Royal College of Art during the period 1958 to 1967. He has taught at several Schools of Art, including Wimbledon and Chelsea and has been a tutor at Royal Academy Schools since the late 1980’s. He was elected Royal Academician in 1992.
In 1993 the then President of the Royal Academy, Sir Roger de Grey, commented:
“I find that Gus Cummins, although a particularly individualist artist, exists in a space somewhere between the thinking of the surrealist painters and the expertise of the magic realist painters. He has created a unique situation for himself by his absorption with a space round a compilation of ordinary objects which are transformed by him into some magical, unexplored world where only he can reveal to us the nature of things which we do not immediately understand. … To enter his world is to join him in a voyage of discovery in which unexpectedly you find yourself in the central role.”
His work has been exhibited in group and solo shows throughout the UK and in Norway, Holland, the United Arab Emirates and the USA. Among the many awards he has gained are the Henry Moore Prize (London 1982), the Daler-Rowney Prize (Royal Academy, 1987), the Royal Watercolour Society Prize (Royal Academy, 2001) and the Jack Goldhill Sculpture Award (Royal Academy. 2005).
He now lives and works in Hastings.