Three Things You Should Know About Daniel Cummings
Cummings paints with a reverence for abstraction’s history, all the while intertwining it with a studied interest in design. His colorful gesture painting, Bosa, is quick and prompt, while at the same time deliberate and palpitating.
Daniel Cummings’ colorful gesture painting, Bosa, is quick and prompt while at the same time deliberate and palpitating. The minimal composition of his pink, black, and gray palette creates vacuous spaces that explore the dual possibilities of a complete hollowness and a masterful breadth. Cummings paints with a reverence for abstraction’s history all the while intertwining it with a studied interest in design to generate this strikingly dynamic work of art. Daniel Cummings lives and works in Los Angeles. He was had solo exhibitions at the Cultural Arts Center, Longview; ACME Gallery, Los Angeles; and The Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica.
In Daniel Cummings’ oil paintings, drawings, and sculptures, the geometric and painterly merge to form a signature Abstract Expressionism-imbued style. Ranging from colorful to black and white, energetic to restrained, geometric to gestural, Cummings’ paintings are known for their illusorily simple compositions that belie complex figure/ground relationships. For instance, 100% juice (2011) features an amorphous blue form rendered with loose brushstrokes, hovering over an image composed of intersecting, color-filled lines. Cummings’ playful energy has earned him comparisons to Joan Mitchell. Meanwhile, his sculptures interpret similar formal concerns in 3-D, as illustrated by Knickpoint (2012), a bright yellow enamel-on-steel structure that forms three-quarters of an oval on the ground but takes on hard angles and verticality at one extreme.
American, b. 1980, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in Los Angeles, California