The Other Art Fair Los Angeles | 15th-18th March 2018

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Alec Cumming | The Other Art Fair LA | 15th - 18th March 2018 |The Majestic Downtown

It’s a good week for the young UK based artist Alec Cumming. As he un-packs his paintings, received back from his show in Delhi,  he contemplates what work he will be taking to Los Angeles, to exhibit at the first edition of The Other Art Fair in the iconic Majestic Downtown in LA. Sponsored by Saatchi Art, The Other Art Fair is Cumming’s first foray into the LA art scene. With collectors in New York and on the East Coast, Alec is looking forward to meeting those in LA eager to seek out new talent. His label as an ‘emerging artist’ seems particularly apt as he has just been shortlisted for the 2018 John Moores Painting Prize; one of the UK’s most prestigious arts awards. 

Alec Cumming’s paintings are often described as abstract, although in the strictest sense this is not true. His images play around with abstracted forms of things seen and places experienced, in a youthful and energised way. If asked what sort of artist he is Alec would probably describe himself as a painter and this reference would lead us to his often large-scale oil-on-canvas works, the most recent of which are a series of four-meter long narrative paintings. However, just as important and evocative are his works on paper which can be tiny sketches or large format, often vibrant, depictions. On paper he plays around with medium, watercolour, oil, gouache and more recently the series he is taking to LA alongside his oil on canvas paintings, his posca pen on paper works, the ink Cumming explains, gives a more defined and lively edge.

Those who have seen Cumming’s work evolve over the years have also witnessed his ability to see, experience and deftly translate onto canvas and paper his changing surroundings. His early works reflect colours of his heroes such as Roger Hilton and William Scott and the UK landscapes that surrounded him. In 2010 Alec was invited by Gallery Art 18|21 to exhibit at the India Art Fair in Delhi. India, its colours and the craziness of one of the worlds most vibrant metropolis, captured the young artist’s imagination. He found himself a large studio in one of Delhi’s artist districts and over the next six years worked between studios happily devouring  all the visuals on offer. During this time Cumming enjoyed a number of important exhibitions in his early painting career including a solo show with the British Council in Delhi, following in the footsteps of another of his heroes Howard Hodgkin. 

With a new audience about to be offered Cumming’s paintings, it is sometimes difficult for the artist to know what to select. He laughs as his observes the choices in front of him. He explains that working as a painter can often be a solitary pursuit, as often he may not leave his studio for days in the process of completing what may become an important work. I have to amuse myself and often paint things that make me smile, possible something I have seen or a situation I find funny. He concludes that he will take to LA those works that most engage and enthuse him and hope the LA audience enjoys them too.

Alec Cumming | Playful Sighting | 168 x 198cm | oil on canvas | 2017

Alec Cumming, Playful Sighting |Oil on Canvas | 168cm x 198cm | 2017.jpg

S Nandagopal (1934-2017)

 Art 18/21 deeply mourns the sudden passing of S Nandagopal of Cholamandal, a great sculptor of our time. He lived life full of passion and energy for his work. It was a privilege to work with Nandagopal and we remember his great generosity of spirit with affection.      Click here to Reply or Forward

Art 18/21 deeply mourns the sudden passing of S Nandagopal of Cholamandal, a great sculptor of our time. He lived life full of passion and energy for his work. It was a privilege to work with Nandagopal and we remember his great generosity of spirit with affection. 

 

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Student Competition Winner - Taash Ke Patte

Congratulations to Megha Sinde winner of the Taash ke Patte student competition. A student at JNAFAU, Hyderabad, Telangana, Megha's winning artwork will be inserted into the collection featuring 54 of Indian's leading artists.  


Curator's note:


Megha Sinde - Deck of Three. This is a strong image, the object, confronts the viewer and stakes its claim, that it has a legitimacy. Looking closer we do not know what the object is. It has an element of time to it. The round faces are like those of a clock and the sepia-tone of the background suggests something that has the weight of time behind it. Looking closer we are not exactly sure what the objects reference. We can see three chapatis in the centre, possibly a stole to the left and a building to the right. These could be the basics of life, food, clothes, shelter. Intriguingly, the building has an institutional quality to it, possibly a University. Is education a basic right? Looking closer we can see the paper plate that the chapatis sit on. We are unsure of the medium, is it a painting, a photograph that has been digitally enhanced? The image beautifully plays with ambiguity, allowing the viewer to stop and think.


Laura Williams 2016
 

Calling All Art Students in India!!!

This is your chance to be part of the blockbusting exhibition Taash ke Patte.

Make the final artwork for the exhibition. The winning student piece will become part of the collection featuring 55 of India's leading artists including Anjolie Ela Menon, Vivan Sundaram, Gigi Scaria, Shilpa Gupta ...

Curated by Laura Williams Art 18|21.com

Enter Now!! Open to all art students in India - closing date 11th March.

https://www.britishcouncil.in/…/doc-taash-ke-patte-student-…

GET CREATIVE, HAVE FUN ... the winning artwork will be placed into the exhibition at the British Council in Delhi and the image printed as part of a physical pack of playing cards Taash ke Patte alongside 55 of India's leading artists ....

Please forward to art departments and students in India!