Elisabeth Cummings

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Elisabeth Cummings (born 1934 in Brisbane), is now one of Australia's most respected living artists and was listed in Australian Art Collector in 2002 as one of the 50 most collectable. She has won the Fleurieu Art Prize, The Portia Geach Portrait Prize, The Mosman Art Prize, and The Tattersalls Art Prize amongst others,and is represented in many private and public collections including Artbank, The Queensland Art Gallery, The Gold Coast City Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

From 1953-57 she attended the National Art School in Sydney. In 1961 she studied with Oskar Kokoschka in Salzburg and spent 10 years studying and travelling throughout France and Italy. She taught at the National Art School in Sydney from 1969–2001 and has been an arts educator at various other institutions from that time until the present day.[1]

She was a founding member of the Widden Weddin, Wedderburn group of artists, based on 25 acreas of land approximately 60 kilometres south of Sydney, where she has been based since the 1970s.[2]

A survey exhibition of her work, curated by the Drill Hall Gallery, is being shown at the Newcastle Art Gallery until 29 April 2018.[3]


  • 2000 Backhouse, Megan:Review Fleurieu Prize, The Age, 15 November p. 7
  1. ^ "Artist Elisabeth Cummings at the pinnacle of her career". Australian Financial Review. 2015-11-21.
  2. ^ Meacham, Steve (2012-01-05). "Landscapes and private views". Sydney Morning Herald.
  3. ^ Barnes, John (2018-03-17). "Elisabeth Cummings: Doing it her way". Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 2018-03-18.

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