Elizabeth Cummings

B. 1934

Easily identifiable through her style of textured boldness, Elisabeth Cummings has become one of the most well known contemporary painters in Australia. Vibrant dashes of colour fill each scene she creates, expressive brush strokes that evoke the energy of total and mysterious abstraction. Cummings’ paintings are somewhat based in reality, describing herself as “semi abstract, always looking out at the world.”  


Over her career spanning 6 decades, the artist has consistently drawn inspiration from her beloved surroundings whether they are the natural Australian landscape or the interiors of her studio or home. Each painting expresses an experience of place felt by Cummings, and a fun interplay of her memory and the life present in the painting itself. 


Finding community with her fellow artists, Cummings — along with Roy Jackson and John Peart — established an artists’ community at Wedderburn in the early ’70s. Now through teaching, she continues to cherish the connections she can make with other practising artists. Winner of the Mosman Art Prize in 1996, Cummings’ work can be found in the collections of all major public institutions throughout Australia including Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia and the National Gallery of Australia. 


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