Kristi Cumming: Colouring in Shetland

by Deborah Leggate -

A new collection of work by Kristi Cumming will open in Da Gadderie at Shetland Museum and Archives this weekend. The exhibition will run from 24th March to 29th April.

After two decades of living elsewhere, visual artist Kristi Cumming returned to Shetland in 2006. The abstract works in this collection are cumulative of the art created since then. Painting with reference to the New York Colour Field work of the 1950's, Kristi manages to evoke an intrinsically Shetland landscape.

"I love colour. The intense saturated hues of the Shetland Landscape with its Technicolor plastic strewn beaches continually inspires me. Although, sometimes it's as much about the colours themselves; the actual paint clashing its way across the canvas."

Kristi graduated from Scottish art college, Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee in 1999 with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art. Specialising in colour work, Kristi describes how her art was initially created using coloured light and water alone:

"I've always been really excited by the true colours of prismatic light. Its refractions and reflections, and the way water carries and accentuates this. I became absorbed in creating liquid fields of true colour."

This exhibition continues to explore that fluidity of colour. Whilst seemingly grounded in a landscape setting, these bold paintings play with the unexpected fluorescence of the modern environment.

Kristi is a member of Veer North and has exhibited throughout the UK and internationally since 1999.