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Playful, Psychedelic Paintings by Phil Cummings

A painting made to look like an endless spiral of colour and patternSpiral Abstract, acrylic on canvas

Our featured artist today is Phil Cummings. Phil’s works are extremely striking and at first might appear to have heavy outlines and simplistic shapes – but the way that the artist chooses to repeat shapes and create complex patterns out of simple figures makes these playful, psychedelic paintings almost fractal-like at times.


An ink painting of a jaguar in bright, psychedelic coloursJaguarundi, ink drawing

Phil uses a variety of media including acrylic paints, inks, and printmaking techniques. While block printing is one of the methods he employs, I find it interesting that many of his works in other mediums carry a similar print-like aesthetic.   In his acrylic paintings, Phil layers paint thickly onto masonite boards, and the result is a heavily textured, deeply saturated image – the smooth substrate providing the ability for clean lines and divisions between shadows and shapes.


A cel-painted image that creates a pattern out of ancient egyptian imageryTut-Tut, cel painting


Phil’s portfolio at is packed with these and more visually exciting examples of his enthusiastic artwork.

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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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