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The Art Portfolio of Gaetane Cummings

A painting of a face forming from overlapping abstract brush marksGMO no 8, acrylic

Gaetane Cummings has been an avid painter since 1998, creating figurative abstract images inspired by Chinese calligraphy techniques. The artist’s paintings use a fascinating combination of abstract brush marks and detailed elements to build human figures out of raw paint and texture.

A painting with two figures composed from abstract brush strokesAllez, Viens!, acrylic

There’s something very striking about the imagery in Gaetane’s portfolio. The artist’s works are imbued with a sense of some unnameable emotion, something that could probably be interpreted very differently by any given viewer. There’s a deep sense of ambiguity, both in the loose, unfinished elements of each image and in the displaced but detailed eyes and facial features that often accompany those elements.

A screen capture of Gaetane Cummings' art portfolio websiteThe front page of Gaetane's portfolio website


It’s in Gaetane’s use of negative space where the inspiration of traditional Chinese painting forms becomes particularly apparent. Though they may use a wide range of colours and loose, dramatic brush marks, each of these works feels quiet, subdued, and self-contained. It’s up to the viewer to draw out the power in each painting.

A painting of several figures on a background of orangeBelle Journee!, acrylic

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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