It is a great privilege to host Fred Cuming’s 90th Birthday Exhibition and we warmly welcome you to view new works painted over a period of the past two years. Enthusiastic followers of Fred’s work will still find his trademark skies and cloudscapes, his coastal scenes and English landscapes, that convey his mastery of the ever-changing moods of colour and light; but there is also a sense that his work is searching for new ways to communicate his vision and ideas. In this exhibition, a culmination of many years of observation matched by an astonishing work ethic, one can witness the progression through experimentation with abstraction, new perspectives and use of colour.
We are also including a selection of retrospective works dating back to 1953 from his private collection to illustrate how his style has developed over the years. The youngest painter to become a Royal Academician in 1974, Fred has devoted his long and successful life to painting. His beloved wife Audrey supported him throughout his journey, particularly during his early years as a young struggling artist, long before his talent and popularity would embed him among the highest and most respected of British artists. Sadly Audrey passed away in 2018 but her memory continues to inspire him every day. We hope you will join us to view the exhibition and celebrate the 90th birthday of one of England’s most beloved landscape painters. Fred Cuming will be joining us at the opening of this exhibition.