Following the official announcement of the death of Fred Cuming RA we are offering all our thoughts with his dear family. The sadness that we feel for Fred’s loss is immeasurable. A master of colour, light and atmosphere and producer of landscapes (in his own words) “that represent meaning and emotion which is the essence of abstraction.’’
We are so honoured to have known him, laughed with him and conversed about art.
He will leave a great legacy for his students, gallerists, friends, family and all that view his work. As Fred commented “we are all searching.” We are indeed and we will continue to do so.
RIP Fred Cuming RA 1930- 2022
We will proceed in preparing for the exhibition ‘Colony’ in September a group show featuring Fred's artworks and those of his friends; Gus Cummins RA, Jacqueline Stanley HRHA, ARCA and Mick Rooney RA.
The gallery was very pleased to welcome Danny's father Fred Cuming RA, along with friends Sandra Drew MBE and her daughter Rebecca. They stayed for tea and a chat about Danny and his work.
From left to right, Dr Julian Day, Sandra Drew MBE, Rebecca Drew, Fred Cuming RA, and Louise Simkiss.
It was so good to welcome artists and viewers to the opening of this ground-breaking exhibition, co-curated by Judy Parkinson, Director of the charity Drawing Life, which provides access to making art for people living with dementia, and Dr Julian Day, Gallery Director.
On the walls were artworks by participants in the charity, some of their artist tutors, paintings selected from the Permanent Collection which relate to memory and some loans of work by Sir Howard Hodgkin, kindly made available through Charlotte Salisbury, Associate Director of the Christea Roberts Gallery, London.
Co-Curators Judy Parkinson and Dr Julian Day welcoming viewers to the opening of the Exhibition.
In the background is a painting by Gallery artist Sally Cole.
This event marked the book launch and signing of 'St David's, A Sense of Place' by Gallery artist Sally Cole and poet Peronel Barnes. St David's in Pembrokeshire is a place loved and often visited by the two creators.
The book is beautifully designed and produced with the poems and paintings perfectly complementing eachother. We were delighted to host the event.
Copies now retail in the Gallery at £25.
The Gallery was so pleased to welcome Fred to a special viewing of the Retrospective Exhibition 'Everlast' (open March - May) of his son's work at the Gallery.
Daniel Lee Cuming (1964 - 2018) took the name Danny Pockets as his professional name to separate his artistic identity from that of his well-known father.
The opening event on 19th March saw between 80 and 100 guests enjoy the display of 2-D and 3-D art work on display from members of Rye Society of Artists. Gallery staff, artists and makers were on hand to welcome viewers and discuss their work.
The photo includes a tall sculpture, 'Roya' by Vicki Atkinson in the centre of the room and two dramatic monotype prints, featuring blue, on the far wall by Hazel Brook - 'Timeless VI' and 'Timeless VII'.
Staff member Beverley on hand with refreshments!
Catalogues were available at the desk from Jason and Polly.
Sally Cole held a very successful solo exhibition at the Gallery in 2021 and is one of our featured artists during winter 2021-2022.
Her paintings appear very abstract but the often dramatic landscapes emerge as you dwell upon the images. She is part of a long history of landscape painters who often brave challenging weather conditions to record what they see and feel.
The phrase 'En plein air' is credited to De Valenciennes in his treatise of 1800. Working outside in the landscape enables the artist to capture the changing details of the weather and light. The French Barbizon School of the 1830s consciously worked with this approach. In the UK, think Turner!
Halloween at the Gallery saw Ms Timberlina leading a Zombie Spoon-making craft event for young Ghouls.
A monstrosity of materials were provided and there were certain revolting refreshments. Ghastly grown-ups were allowed in accompanied by a ghoul. There were many spookily amazing costumes.