Rebecca Cuming | XXI Century FIELD
Artist Statement
My paintings are landscape based primarily inspired by the Open Space and plowed fields of my local surroundings. I use the field as a metaphor to express social and environmental concerns as well as to evoke a feeling or experience that moves beyond the depiction of a “real” Place. I enjoy exploring the boundaries of abstraction and realism, contemplation and action, while I attempt to tell a story.

My approach starts out directly with thin washes of color and are later built up with thicker oil paint. I continue to use this layering technique until revelations of subconscious thoughts and memories develop into images that begin to establish a narrative unique to each work.

Painting is the best way that I know to interpret the ideas I have about myself and the world in which I live.

Rebecca Cuming, originally from Middletown, New Jersey, is a painter living and working in Broomfield, Colorado. Her large-scale oil paintings are of a landscape tradition that intersects with abstraction and realism. Overlapping washes and thick oil paint establish a visual distance and space that feels familiar yet ambiguous at the same time.

Cuming received her Bachelors Degree of Fine Art (honors) in 1980 from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Prior to that she studied at the Art Students League in Manhattan and the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Cuming has exhibited extensively in the U.S. including The National Gallery, The Sumner Museum and The Senate Building in Washington, D.C. and the Allan Stone Gallery in New York City. Cuming’s regional exhibitions include The State Capitol, Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, Colorado, Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, Colorado, Dairy Arts Center, Boulder, Colorado, Redline, Denver, Colorado, and celebrates her debut exhibition, XXI Century Field, with Goodwin Fine Art in Denver.

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