Frederick Cuming NEAC RA DLitt Hon RBA devoted his life to expressing the fleeting impressions of his surroundings. 



Fred was not interested in pure representation, his work was about responses to the moods and atmospheres generated by landscape, still life or interior. He was interested in the developments of 20th Century painting, in abstraction, that has been present in all movements, and in new ideas and art forms. Fred's philosophy was that the more he worked the more he discovered.


Fred Cuming was born in 1930 in London and trained at the Sidcup School of Art between 1945 and 1949. After National Service he studied at the Royal College of Art for four years and was awarded the Abbey Travel Scholarship to visit Rome. In 1969 he was elected an Associate Member of the Royal Academy, becoming a full member in 1974. At that time, he was the yougest member ever elected. Fred has also been a member of the New English Art Club since 1960.


Fred has exhibited widely since his first one-man show at Thackeray Gallery, London, and has work in private and public collections internationally. In 2001 he was given the honour of being the 'Featured Artist' in the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, with an entire gallery of his own. In 2004, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the Arts at the University of Kent in Canterbury. He died on 11 June 2022


Royal Academy
Royal Institute of Oil Painters
Royal Society of British Artists



1977 - Winner of Grand Prix Fine Art, Monaco
1977 - Sir Brinsley Ford Award
1986 - New English Club
1988 - Grand Prix de l'Art Contemporaries



1953 Onwards - Royal Academy Summer Show
Young Contemporaries, New English Art Club
Royal Society of Portrait Painters
John Moores, Liverpool
Leicester Gallery
Piccadilly Gallery
Adam Gallery, Bath
Walker Galleries
Brian Sinfield Gallery, Burford
New Grafton Gallery, Barnes, London
New Metropole Arts Centre, Folkestone



1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998 & 2000- New Grafton Gallery, London

1990 - Easton Rooms, Rye
1990, 1992 & 1994 - Sinfield Gallery, Burford
1991 - Drew Gallery, Canterbury
1994 & 1996 - Mason Watts, Warwick
1995, 1997, 1999 & 2001 - City Gallery, London
1995 & 1997 - Jonleigh Gallery, Guildford
1997, 1999, 2001 & 2002 - Alresford Gallery, Alresford, Hampshire
1998 - The Vogel Gallery, Dallas, Texas, USA
1998 - Jorgenson Gallery, Dublin
1999 - Barneys Gallery, Greenwich, Ct, USA
1999 & 2001 - Neville Gallery, Canterbury
1999, 2001, 2006, 2008, 2010 & 2013 - Adam Gallery, Bath
2006, 2009 & 2011 - Thompson’s Gallery, London
2009 & 2012 - Brian Sinfield Gallery, Oxfordshire



'Another Figure in the Landscape' (Unicorn Press) a revised & extended new edition

'The New English' (represented in, 2006) by Kenneth McConkey, ISBN 1903973988
‘The Art of Fred Cuming RA’ DVD
‘Atmosphere of Landscape’ DVD



Watch 'Fred Cuming RA: Portrait of an artist'