Fred Cuming Biography

Fred Cuming

Frederick Cuming RA NEAC (Born 1930)

Fred Cuming was born in London in 1930, and trained at Sidcup School of Art and then at the Royal College, before being awarded the Rome Scholarship and an Abbey Minor Scholarship. He was elected an Associate Member of the Royal Academy in 1969 and a full member in 1974, where he is now a Senior Royal Academician.  In 2001 he was given the honour of being the featured artist in the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition, with an entire gallery within the show dedicated to his work.

Fred’s artistic career has spanned over sixty years, and he 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. Fred attributes his love of landscape to his first experiences of it when an evacuee in the Blitz: its beauty and drama was that it was such a stark contrast to urban London.  Particularly fascinated by the observation and depiction of light and atmosphere, Fred Cuming is now one of England’s foremost and best-loved contemporary landscape painters.

Cuming’s first solo show was held in 1978 at the Thackeray Gallery, London, since when he has exhibited widely and won many awards.

These include the Grand Prix Fine Art (1977), the Royal Academy’s House & Garden Award and the Sir Brinsley Ford Prize (New English Art Club, 1986). His work is held in private collections throughout the world, including Montecarlo Museum, Royal Academy of Arts, Department of the Environment, Guinness Collection, Lloyds of London, W.H.Smith, London Weekend Television, Cheltenham and Gloucester and the London Tourist Board, to name but a few.

There are 30 works by Fred Cuming in the National Collection.