Born in London in 1943, Cummins studied at the Sutton and Wimbledon Schools of Art and the Royal College of Art between 1958 – 1967. He has taught at several schools of art including Wimbledon and Chelsea and has spent 30 years as a tutor at the Royal Academy Schools since the late 1980s. He has won numerous prizes including the Henry Moore prize in 1982 and the first prize in the Hunting Group in 1990 & 1999. His work is held at the Towner Museum, Eastbourne; Hasting Museum; Financial Times Collection; Contemporary Arts Society and the Royal College of Art, to mention but a few. He was elected Royal Academician in 1992.
He is considered to be one of Britain’s greatest artists with too low a profile, who had his first solo exhibition in 1991. Since then, his work has been shown more widely. He has live in Hastings for the last 40 years where the Jerwood Gallery organised his retrospective in January this year.
St Mary’s – The Cupola, captures the work under the cupola undertaken before 199 when St Mary’s in the Castle in Hastings was restored extensively and became an art centre.