The first exhibition at Hastings' Jerwood Gallery in 2018 is a celebration of Royal Academician Gus Cummins, who has lived and worked in the seaside town for 40 years.
A member of the London Group artists’ collective and elected as a Royal Academician in 1992, Gus Cummins exhibits at the Royal Academy annually as well as widely around the UK. Describing his approach to his work as constantly evolving, he explains he is always ‘trying to “shift my ground”, alarming myself by stepping off safe and familiar territory’.
Opening in the artist's 75th birthday week, Off the Wall gives visitors the chance to explore work spanning the entire length of his career, from early, small-scale pieces to some of his most recent work, which is monumental in size and theme. All reveal his fascination with a technique he refers to as 'two and a half D' – works that stand out from the canvas.
A graduate of the Royal College of Art, Cummins has taught at Chelsea School of Art and spent three decades as a tutor at the Royal Academy schools. His work has earned him numerous prizes, among them the Henry Moore Prize in 1982.