Living and working in Essex now, Cuming studied at Sidcup School of Art from 1945- 1949 and studied at the Royal College of Art from 1951 to 1955, where he gained a Rome Scholarship and an Abbey Minor Scholarship.
Cuming’s has exhibited regularly in solo shows throughout the UK and more recently in the United States.
He was elected Royal Academician in 1974 (ARA 1969) and has also been a Member of the New English Art Club since 1960 and is also an Associate of the Royal College of Art. In 2001 he was given the honour of being the featured artist in the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition, with an entire gallery within the show dedicated to his work.
Interiors and still lifes are a source of inspiration for him, along with landscapes such as harbours, skies and marshland, orientating them around atmosphere, and mood
writing about his work, Fred Cuming said, “I am not interested in pure representation, my work is about responses to the moods and atmospheres generated by landscape, still life or interior. I am interested in the developments of 20th Century painting, in abstraction, that has been present in all movements, and in new ideas and art forms. My philosophy is that the more I work the more I discover. Drawing is essential as a tool of discovery; skill and mastery of technique are also essential, but only as a vocabulary and a means towards an idea. I struggle to keep an open mind.”