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Narrative Sensibility: The Art Portfolio of Phil Cummings

A print of a rhinocerous next to a treeRhinocerous Californicus

Phil Cummings was born in Manhattan, New York, and has lived around the world, working as an artist and in the film industry. Phil’s paintings and prints tend to have a narrative sensibility about them, whether they exist alongside a defined story, or are stand-alone pieces.

A painting made up of a complex repeating patternGarden Mandala, ink painting


The style that Phil uses in most of his artworks is fascinating – while the artist works in traditional media including acrylic paint, ink, and lithography, his style seems at times like it could be digitally rendered. Bright, vector-like planes of colour mark a great number of the artist’s compositions, with faces, figures, and landscapes distilled into their most essential shapes and hues. In our previous feature, we looked at the way Phil uses repeating patterns to build up his bright, graphic images.

A screen capture of Phil Cummings' art websitePhil's art portfolio website,


This frantic, patterned brightness is sometimes offset by more subdued works – the pieces in Phil’s gallery of seriographs and lithographs are no less colourful but seem somehow quieter, and more serious. These works seem to draw from a different pop art moment but are no less enticing.

An art print of a buddha figure and insectsBhodisatva Butterfly

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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