GREAT Australian artist Elisabeth Cummings has made a significant donation to regional culture.
More than 80 prints and etchings of her works have been donated to the New England Regional Art Museum, at the opening of her exhibition Elisabeth Cummings: Interior Landscapes.
NERAM director Robert Heather said the gift would provide an opportunity for curators, artists, students and visitors to enjoy her work.
“Elisabeth Cummings is widely admired and is being acclaimed as one of the great Australian artists of her generation, especially for her work as a painter,” he said.
“This gift of eighty-five of her prints and etchings from 1995 to the present day has been valued at close to $100,000 and will complement NERAM’s extensive collection of works on paper by leading Australian artists from throughout the 20th Century.”
Brisbane born in 1934, Ms Cummings is the daughter of an architect and teacher.
At age 9, she moved to Sydney and studied at the National Art School before receiving the NSW Travelling Art Scholarship that allowed her to spend the next decade in Europe.
Moving back to Sydney in 1969, she taught at East Sydney Tech on a part-time basis, as well as at numerous other art schools including the National Art School, something that she continued to do for the next 30 years.
In 1970 she settled in Wedderburn, a rural retreat outside Campbelltown on the Georges River south of Sydney, together with a group of other artists. Today she divides her time between Wedderburn and Sydney.
Ms Cummings works are represented in many state and regional collections including Art Gallery of NSW, Artbank Australia, National Art Gallery Australia, Lismore Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and Queensland Art Gallery.
New England Regional Art Museum is currently hosting the major touring exhibition Elisabeth Cummings: Interior Landscapeswhich opened on Friday 18 August with a large enthusiastic crowd of visitors.
Elisabeth Cummings: Interior Landscapes is a Drill Hall Gallery touring exhibition and will be on display at the New England Regional Art Museum from Friday 18 August until Sunday 4 November 2017.