“I’m interested in the balance between things. The boundaries between abstraction and representation and the space between those boundaries. How abstract marks can comprise a realistic face, and then dissolve into nothing. Drawing encompasses both, what is real and illusion.”
Stefan Cummings was born in Washington, the fourth of seven children. Possessed of an avid interest in psychology and history, Stefan has always had a deep love of portraiture, one that lead him to the Atelier of Mark Kang-O’Higgins, in Seattle, where he was immersed in the study of the figure and the old masters. He was then able to obtain a full tuition scholarship at Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD), continuing his study of traditional drawing and painting while obtaining his Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Like the Impressionists and Call to Order artists at the turn of the 20th century, Stefan reconciles traditional art forms with the realities of the present era. His landscapes and portraits make use of light, texture and gesture to convey the ethereal isolation of the suburbs, incorporating elements of realism and abstraction to bridge the past to the present.
Stefan’s drawings can be found in collections throughout the United States.