Fred Cuming – South Coast

Folkestone Museum is delighted to present ‘South Coast’, a solo exhibition of the work of Senior Academician Fred Cuming R.A.

Based in Rye, East Sussex, Cuming’s paintings explore the dramatic interplay of light and shadow upon the landscapes and seascapes around his home on the south coast of England.  His love of landscape was sparked by his experience as a child evacuee from London to the British countryside during the blitz.  Working principally in oils, Cuming also paints the urban and natural landscapes of Italy and beyond, often exploring the human impact upon those landscapes.   His works capture a fleeting moment in a landscape, where, within seconds of looking, the landscape is transformed by atmospheric conditions such as the setting sun or fluctuations of weather.  In Morning Sea, Dymchurch (2017), the wave that fills the painting is just on the cusp of breaking and the clouds of being swept away in an instant; it is this fleeting quality that Cuming is so successful at capturing in his paintings.

Born in London in 1930, Cuming trained at Sidcup School of Art and then at the Royal College, before being awarded the Abbey Travel Scholarship to visit Italy. He was elected an Associate Member of the Royal Academy in 1969 and a full member five years later in 1974.

From March to October 2017, Cuming’s work featured in ‘Academicians in Focus’ at the Royal Academy, London.  ‘South Coast’ includes some of the works featured in the R.A. exhibition in addition to several new and unseen works.  Cuming has exhibited widely over the past 30 years in the U.K., U.S., Ireland, and Germany.  Gallery exhibitions include: the Brian Sinfield Gallery (Burford); the Adam Gallery (London, Bath); and Thompson’s Gallery (London, Aldeburgh). From 1960-1990 he frequently exhibited with the New Grafton Gallery (Barnes, London).

Awards include: Joint winner of Grand Prix Fine Art (1977), Monte Carlo; the Sir Brinsley Ford Award, New English Art Club (1986); and the Grand Prix de l’Art Contemporaries (1988). His work features in many public and private collections including Monte Carlo Museum, Royal Academy of Arts, Department of the Environment, Guinness Collection, Lloyds of London, WHSmith, London Weekend Television, Cheltenham and Gloucester and the London Tourist Board.

The works exhibited are available to buy, please refer to Museum staff or the show’s curator, Jackie Parsons, for further details. The Friends of Folkestone Museum are hosting an in conversation with Fred Cuming at 12pm on 29th November, 2017.  Spaces are limited.  To book, please email

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