Artwork fit for queen in jubilee collection

Gus Cummins RA, On Deck II, 2012. Copyright: Royal Collection Trust / � Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2012
Gus Cummins RA, On Deck II, 2012. Copyright: Royal Collection Trust / � Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2012
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ARTWORK by Hastings’ Gus Cummins is included in a portfolio of 97 works on paper created by the Royal Academy of Arts to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The Royal Academician’s On Deck II, joins artwork by other well-known names including Tracey Emin, David Hockney, Anish Kapoor, Cornelia Parker, and Grayson Perry.

Gus, 69, works from the Grade II listed Harpsichord House on the West Hill, and although he enjoys a panoramic sea view, says he is more inspired by the rather less conventionally beautiful machinery and trappings of the fishing industry, producing work in both two and three dimensions.

“Some people find it strange that I have got this spectacular view, and I don’t actually use the imagery,” he said.

The prize-winning artist is a member of ‘The London Group’ and was elected Royal Academician (RA) in 1992.

He has work in collections in the UK, Europe and the USA and has taught at many art colleges, principally at Chelsea College of Art and the Royal Academy Schools.

Gus has had solo shows throughout the UK since the 1970s and exhibits each year at the Royal Academy.

The portfolio, which has been presented to the Queen includes prints, drawings, photographs and works in oil, watercolour and mixed media, contributed by 93 Academicians.

The gift has been added to the Royal Collection and will go on display at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace next autumn.

The Queen is the current patron of the Royal Academy founded by George III in 1768.

The first portfolio given to the Queen was to mark her coronation in 1953 and the second was presented in celebration of the Silver Jubilee in 1977.

For the Diamond Jubilee portfolio, several Academicians have given works inspired by the Queen’s reign.

Among these are Tracey Emin’s HRH Royal Britannia, a monoprint portrait of the Queen.