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, Arkaroola 2004, oil on canvas, Art Gallery of New South Wales Collection