Elisabeth Cummings Retrospective
18 November 2017 – 21 January 2018
Since graduating from East Sydney Technical College in 1957, Elisabeth Cummings has quietly worked for nearly 60 years, producing a prodigious body of work. This retrospective exhibition includes 60 works across a range of media—paintings, drawings, monotypes, etchings and ceramics, with subjects drawn from still life, interiors and the landscape.
After winning the NSW Travelling Art Scholarship she studied abroad for a decade in Italy and France in the 1960s. Cummings’s absorption of a wide range of influences, including the European intimism of Pierre Bonnard and Édouard Vuillard, the teaching of Oskar Kokoschka, the paintings of Ian Fairweather and Australian Aboriginal art has informed the development of her unique and distinctive poetic vision, that ebbs and flows between abstraction and representation.
The exhibition includes some of her finest paintings of remote and beautiful places in Australia – Arnhem Land, the Pilbara, Lake Mungo, the Flinders Ranges, the Kimberleys and the edge of the Simpson Desert.
A Drill Hall Gallery exhibition curated by Sioux Garside. Supported by King Street Gallery on William, Sydney.
Image: Elisabeth Cummings, Journey Through the Studio (Wedderburn), 2004, oil on canvas, 175 x 300cm. Private collection. Courtesy the artist & King Street Gallery on William, Sydney.
Kedumba Drawing Award 2017
16 December 2017 – 21 January 2018
The Kedumba Drawing Award is now an annual highlight at Orange Regional Gallery, having moved here in 2014 from the Blue Mountains. Now in its 28th year, the Award continues to play a vital role in fostering the production and appreciation of drawing in Australia.
Initiated by Jeffrey and Marlene Plummer in 1989, the Kedumba Drawing Award has grown steadily to now be considered the premier drawing award in Australia, and a major event in the nation’s visual calendar. New works selected become part of the Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings. The judge’s only guideline is “to enrich and enhance the Collection”.
This year 20 artists from across Australia are invited to submit a recent drawing. The Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings, with over 220 works, is currently on long term loan to Orange Regional Gallery.
An Orange Regional Gallery and Kedumba Trust exhibition.
Image: Kerry McInnis, Bush pool dingoes, Ndhala, 2013 pastel and charcoal on paper. Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings.Kedumba Drawing Award 2001. Acquisitions Judge Tim Storrier.
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