Stuart Cumberland: Congratulations

Cumberland, S. 2007. Stuart Cumberland: Congratulations.

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A solo exhibition consisting of seven large paintings that use aspects of the language of abstract painting to

humorously represent bottles of champagne alongside divided cartoon human body parts. Cumberland’s paintings place considerable importance on the rapidity and pleasure of their making with notable comparisons to

many important 20th century artists. The speed is partly connected to motifs of racing and competition alongside aspects of

desire and glamour such as winning, envy, champagne celebrations and sexual promise. The importance of this exhibition lies

in the dialogue between each painting to create a whole. The titles of the works are: Congratulations, Champagne III, Pit Stop,

Blank Socks - Laid Down, Champa, Launch – Plimsol, White Socks.

This research project develops themes from earlier work. For Cumberland’s solo show at MacGarry gallery, London, in 2006,

and following the Camden exhibition (output 2), he decided to make the humour in his work more accessible by making the

imagery more readable and less abstract. Subjects explored in this series include repetitions found in commerce alongside fast

expressive gesture in painting. Using champagne as their subject, the paintings in this show playfully explore the themes of

current art’s preferable air of production line sterility where painting - as a dead medium - is sought for its glamour and prestige

value. Alongside this Cumberland asks where the personal rewards for artistic endeavour lie: do they reside in material or

spiritual gain, or in champagne glamour and a champagne high?

The Approach represents artists of Turner Prize and museum repute, including Michael Raedecker and John Stezaker. The

Gallery director invited Cumberland to be represented by The Approach in 2007 and selected his show to coincide with Frieze

Art Fair and its potential international audience. Reviews include Art Forum and Modern Painters.


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Cumberland, S. 2016. The Painting Show. Touring Exhibition: Currently Aram Art Gallery, Goyang Cultural Centre, South Korea. Previously Vilnius Contemporary Art Centre, Lithuania, and Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland. 22 Jan 2016 - 24 Sep 2017

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The way we work now
Cumberland, S. 2005. The way we work now.

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