Scars: Elisabeth Cummings Etchings

13 November 2019 – 28 January 2020 |  WPACC Foyer Gallery


Elisabeth Cummings is one of Australia’s most respected living artists with a career spanning over 65 years. Cummings studied at the National Art School in Sydney and was awarded the AGNSW Travelling Art Scholarship. She lived in Europe for a decade – painting and, for a short time, studying under Oskar Kokoschka in Salzburg. On her return to Sydney, Australia, and through the generous donation of land from Barbara & Nick Romalis- Elisabeth Cummings, along with Roy Jackson and John Peart established an artists’ community at Wedderburn in the early 70’s. Elisabeth still has her main studio based there today.

Cummings’ bold use of colour and exaggerated mark making is her signature approach to the Australian landscape. An intrepid traveller, Elisabeth continues her journeys around the Australian bush, painting smaller works ‘en plain air’ followed by larger pieces back in the studio. She frequently returns to the solitude of Wedderburn, where Elisabeth finds unending subject matter in the interior of her studio and the surrounds she knows so well.

For over 15 years Elisabeth has made [almost] weekly visits to College of Fine Arts, UNSW, to work with Master printmaker Michael Kempson of Cicada Press. Elisabeth’s
renowned mark making is perfectly suited to the printing process of etching. Her lines, groves and indentations meld into the plate and accentuate her exquisite drafting and drawing abilities. The works presented here are a stunning example of the etchings created over an extended period of time at Cicada Press.

Elisabeth’s major retrospective has recently finished its tour around NSW, accompanied by the newly published monograph: Elisabeth Cummings, which is now in its second print.

Elisabeth’s work can be found in the collection of all major public institutions throughout Australia including Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia and National Gallery of Australia, ACT.








image: Elisabeth Cummings, Arkaroola Morning, (detail) Ed 25, 2009 – 33×49.5cm