Liz Cuming
Liz Cuming

Upcoming Exhibition at Art2Muse Gallery 17 – 30 April 2018

Artworks available to view in Sydney

Any excuse is good enough to “hit the track” although Sydney remains home, and where my studio is located. At this stage of life, freed from the need to teach (could I possibly be termed a “mature painter”), I am pretty unconcerned with trends and glamour, just happy to be out enjoying our great Australian outback. A great day is one spent painting in peace, as far as possible from the tourist throng.

Remote landscapes provide the major inspiration for my works. The outback has had a profound effect in many ways. Arid zone landscapes of our inland are incredibly varied, and addictive. Year after year I venture off the beaten track to paint “out there” – on small canvases which often form a base for later larger scale studio works. Exploring new places is always an adventure, but revisiting old favourites reveals incredible changes from one year to the next depending on what the weather has bestowed meantime. My work has long been inspired by landscape – experiencing fabulous natural spots is a great battery charge and escape hatch from city life. This previously avowed abstractionist has done a total 360 – I believe the visual nature of the outback is in itself innately abstract and presents special challenge.



The physical and visual power of nature whether coastal or inland – the wow factor that only landscape in its most magnificent can deliver – is my inspiration.  The contrasts of our great land never cease to amaze, and humbly I seek to pay homage through paint.  As a proud Australian, it is only the wonders of our continent I need to express.  Rugged, generally less peopled environments – places where man’s impact is little evidenced rather than the picturesque – are my magnet.

Time in its brief or extended form works the elements to change the landscape, sometimes ever so slowly or on occasions with alarming rapidity.  Seasons impose an underlying pattern, punctuated by less predictable events of extreme wind, fire, and water wreaking massive change.  Storms, floods, droughts – all do their handiwork on the foundation structure which is landscape, and the land responds to display its scars, suffer, recover and then flourish. – Liz Cuming.

Art Employment

Self employed artist
2001-2011 Director, out there outback pty. ltd. (running outback tours for artists)
1987-2007 Part-time (and latterly tenured .5) Lecturer NSW TAFE, UNSWCOFA, University of Newcastle, and AGNSW

Tertiary Education

Current Graduate Diploma in Australian Indigenous Knowledges (external studies CDU, Darwin)
2003 Cert IV Workplace Training & Assessment, TAFE
1989/90 Master of Fine Arts, Painting, UNSWCollege of Fine Arts
1984/86 Graduate Diploma in Adult & Further Education, External Studies, SACAE
1981/83 BA (Visual Arts), City Art Institute
1978/80 Art Certificate, Hornsby TAFE

Solo Exhibitions

2016 ‘Elements’ at Art2Muse Gallery, Double Bay, Sydney

2015 Exhibition at Art2Muse Gallery, Double Bay, Sydney
2014 ‘Waterfalls’ Art2Muse Gallery, Double Bay, Sydney
2014 Michael Gray Fine Arts, Bowral
2014 Depot 2 Gallery, Danks Street, Sydney
2012 Michael Gray Fine Arts, Bowral
2011 MLC Art Gallery, Burwood
2010 Michael Gray Fine Arts, Bowral
2009 John Miller Gallery, Newcastle
2007 Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide
2006 Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
2005 John Miller Gallery, Newcastle
2004 Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
2003 John Miller Gallery, Newcastle
2003 “Awespace”, UNSWCOFA
2001 Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
2000 Church Gallery, Hil End
2000 Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
1999 Robin Gibson Gallery
1999 Nowra Galleries
1997 Robin Gibson Gallery
1995 Robin Gibson Gallery
1993 Robin Gibson Gallery
1992 Robin Gibson Gallery
1991 Robin Gibson Gallery
1991 Ivan Dougherty Galleries, UNSWCOFA
1988 Bloomfield Galleries, Sydney
1986 Bloomfield Galleries, Sydney


2014 Calleen Prize, Cowra Regional Gallery
2014 Adelaide Parklands Art Award
2014 Waterhouse Prize, SA, Painting and Work on paper
2014 ANL Maritime Art Award
2013 ANL Maritime Art Award
2013 Broken Hill Outback Art Prize
2013 Fisher’ Ghost Art Award Open and Contemporary
2010 Alice Springs Art Prize
2008 Norville Art Prize, Murrurundi
2007 Whyalla Art Prize, SA
2007 Art on Paper, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery
2006 Norville Prize, Murrurundi
2006 The Waterhouse Prize, SA Museum
2004 Alice Springs Art Prize
2001 Portia Geach Exhibition, SH Ervin Gallery
2001 Wynne Prize Exhibition, AGNSW
1998 Portia Geach Exhibition, SH Ervin Gallery
1998 Sulman Exhibition, Art Gallery of NSW
1997 Wynne & Sulman Exhibitions, Art Gallery of NSW

Group Exhibitions

2012 Lake Eyre & Beyond, Mary Place, Sydney
2009 From Adelaide to Arafura (with Bob Bennetts), Depot Gallery, Sydney
2008 Between A Rock & A Hard Place (with Bob Bennetts), Depot Gallery, Sydney
2008 RAS Selections, Art Equity Gallery, Sydney
2007 Big & Little, A-Space on Cleveland, Sydney
2007 “First Mark”, A-Space on Cleveland2007
2007 “Bruyeres Gray at Bowral”, Old Dairy Gallery
2006 “back from out there outback”, Depot II Gallery
2005 “Sirens”, Global Gallery, Sydney
2005 “out there outback” with Kristen Radge, Depot Gallery, Sydney
2003 “Love your Work”, Sydney Institute of Technology
2002 “Landmarks”, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
2001 “Finding Connections”, Sydney Institute of Technology
2001 “Southern Accents”, A-Space on Cleveland, Sydney
2001 “Article”, The Wharf, Woolloomooloo
2001 “A Studio in Paris”, SH Ervin Galleries, Sydney
2000 “Article”, Regent St. Gallery
2000 “The Art of Drawing”, Robin Gibson Gallery
1998 “New Faces”, Solander Galleries
1998/99 Touring Regional Galleries Show, “No Bloody Gumtrees” (Broken Hill, Moree & NEGGS Armidale
1993 “Current States”, Survey of Contemporary Printmakers, Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney University
1986 “Ink & Image”, MacquarieUniversity
1984 Prints, Newcastle CAE

Awards & Prizes

2010 Alice Springs Art Award (People’s Choice)
2008 David Turnbull Bequest Painting Award, BDAS, Bowral
2008 RAS Painting (Aust. Flowers/Animals) Prize (3rd), Sydney Easter Show
2007 RAS Drawing Prize (2nd), Sydney Easter Show
2006 John Copes Prize for Representational Art
2006 The Waterhouse Prize (3rd for Work on Paper), SA Museum
2006 RAS Drawing Prize (1st), Sydney Easter Show
2005 Taree, 1st Prize, Water based media
2005 RAS Watercolour Prize (1st), Sydney Easter Show
2004 RAS Landscape Prize (1st), Sydney Easter Show
2004 Margaret Fesq Memorial Award, Sydney Easter Show
2002 RAS Waterccolour (2nd), Sydney Easter Show
2001 Pring Memorial Award for Watercolour, AGNSW
2000 Mattara Watercolour Prize, Newcastle
2000 Singleton Watercolour Prize
1999 Maitland Open Art Prize
1999 Contemporary Art Award, Taree
1998 Willoughby Art Award (Resident)
1998 Contemporary Art Award, Taree
1998 Royal Agricultural Society Watercolour Prize, Sydney Easter Show
1997 Willoughby Art Prize (Resident)
1997 Muswellbrook Open Art Prize
1997 Singleton Contemporary Open Art Prize
1997 Singleton Watercolour Prize
1997 Royal Agricultural Society Watercolour Prize, Sydney Easter Show
1995 Alumni 1000, UNSWCOFA Alumni
1990 Warringah Art Award
1989 Elioth Gruner Memorial Painting Prize, awarded by Art Gallery of NSW


Australian Federal Government (Dept. of Immigration), Artbank, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Brisbane City Hall and Gallery, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, IBM Australia, Maitland City Art Gallery, Muswellbrook Regional Art Gallery,NRMA,
TNT Australia, Culwalla Chambers, Unified Securities,
University of NSW, UNSWCOFA Alumni, University of Sydney, Ward Howell International Inc., Warringah Shire Council


2009 “Bunginderry”, Qld.
2008 “Norville”, Murrurundi
1999 Paul Haefliger Cottage, Hill End (Bathurst Regional Art Gallery)
1994 Arthur Boyd Studio, “Bundanon”, Shoalhaven River, NSW
1992 Moya Dyring Studio, Cite Internationale Des Arts, Paris, awarded by Art Gallery of NSW

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