New Mexico native Timothy Cummings grew up in Albuquerque in a melting pot of Spanish Catholic and Native American culture. Murals depicting scenes of Day of the Dead and martyrdoms were especially influential to the self-taught painter. Cummings’ paintings don’t heavily base themselves (at least outwardly) on Native American or Spanish Catholic tradition but rather culminate and reorchestrate the decorative qualities found throughout their art. The focal point in almost every one of the artist’s paintings, however, are his uncanny and off-putting human figures that seem caught between the stature of a child and the expression and sometimes demeanor of an adult. By holding this form they immediately pull the viewers attention right to them as we try to discern why or how they are different and why they are presented in the way they are. Many of Timothy Cummings’ works have to do with social and personal identity whether in relation to religion, ancestry, community, or sexuality. But they all seem to direct to the character displayed, as if this were the absolute moment of their uncertainty, transition, or anxiety. Despite this apparent dilemma, these works somehow also contain an underlying feeling of nearly transcending beauty in the capture of a moment so personal yet so palpable. Do you find his works to be as powerful as I do? Check out his work below and leave a comment!
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