Diana Cumming

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Biography

Born in Hereford in 1929, Diana Cumming studied at the Slade School of Art from 1950-1954, where her work attracted the interest of Lucien Freud, a visiting tutor at the time. Throughout her career, Cumming has held solo exhibitions at Helen Lessore’s Beaux Arts Gallery in 1964 and The Serpentine Gallery in London in 1987. Her works are held in collections across the United Kingdom, including The Arts Council, The Britten-Pears Foundation, National Museums Liverpool and University College London. Cumming’s Self Portrait was acquired by Ruth Borchard Collection in 2012.

Cumming’s work is often figurative. Her early work explored creation myths, featuring appearances from Adam and Eve and an omnipotent Creator figure. Cumming’s later work is of a dreamlike quality with recurrent motifs redolent of Ovidian myths, such as pale figures immersed in bodies of water and whimsical landscapes.