Alec is a young International artist who works between studios in the UK and India. His practice, oil on canvas, is traditional in medium but the images that jump in and around the canvas are vibrant and playful. They celebrate life and all it has to offer.
Within his work he continues to explore the idea of moments. This work engages with material gathered from time in India. Having lived there for three years and now back to the UK, He finds himself considering the visual stimulus discovered there.
Questions such as how this imagery translates into a ‘pan global’ vocabulary becomes interesting. Creating a dialogue of mixing a western/eastern influence and the back and forth nature of the discussion happen on the surface of the canvas; moments, that may or may not have existed.
Within his own abstracted painting style there are shapes and forms that lead to suggestions of 'things'. The ideas of semi-recognisable forms can suggest a narrative. Forms appear through drawings, thoughts, ideas and experiences. The paintings may suggest spaces he knows, fabrics, places, an interesting space between buildings seen whilst walking in the street or even a collection of observed objects, tyres stacked on the road or a plate of jellabies. Abstraction allows him the pleasure of observing the world and translating it into a visual dialogue.
Born Uk 1986
Education: BA Fine Art Norwich University of the Arts, UK.
Alec Cumming graduated in 2008 from Norwich University of the Arts with a degree in Fine Art. He has enjoyed success with a number of major solo shows in London, throughout the UK and abroad. The artist works between studios in Norwich and Delhi. Alec has exhibited at every edition of the India Art Fair since 2009 and is the youngest artist to have a solo exhibition with the British Council in India. At the India Art Fair 2016 he was selected as 'the one to watch' by the art critics alongside G R Iranna and Francesco Clemente. In 2017 Alec was selected for a Residency with Dyad Creative in conjunction with Museums in India and the UK; in this space he made his monumental painting project 'Dialogues with India', a series of 4m long mural works considering material memory. In 2018 Alec will be showcasing some of this work in LA. Alec’s work is held in private, public and corporate collections world-wide.