BIOGRAPHY

Est. 2003

WHO WE ARE

Mark and Paul Cumming’s intention is to create phenomenological experiences, with an interest for the occult, mysticism, technology and zeitgeist. With a specific focus in Hermetic wisdom and Druidic practices the subject of transcendence is critical to their work and its relationship to contemporary culture. They produce artworks namely sculptures and audio-visual performances too – being multidisciplinary they utilize any medium that suits the project best.

 

HERE AND NOW

The Cummings twins still have technology as their mainstay but with maturity their work has flourished with a sense of spirit behind everything they do. Their current projects include ‘Polygondaydream’ that involves the creation of sculptures and also ‘The Mystery School of Sound’ that is a performance music piece relating to Hermeticism and the healing arts.

 

LEGEND AND LEGACY

In 2006 after leaving university studying fine arts Mark and Paul Cummings headed straight for the heart of London settling a stone’s throw away from the Square Mile. They began a project that ran for about three years. Based in the epicenter of the city and immersed themselves in technology and urban culture. This was 10 years before digital Shoreditch and at the infancy of commercialized Internet; before this it was dominated by programmer geeks and not many artists had yet entered this realm.

This was before the noise of the Internet grew and they had a lot of exposure and quickly became renowned for making very intense videos and digital artworks. Photography, video, music, animation and programming were the main tools for the production of shorts, interactive pieces and installations.

They soon became a household name within the digital art scene at the time. They were known as digital Punks working under the pseudonym of AZ2Lab. Their work was showcased around the world in events and exhibitions such as Japan, South Korea, Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland and the UK to name a few and they were also very widely published.

This brought attention from the commercial world and they began producing work for Diesel, Nike, Deutsche Telecom and many other international brands. All that was good came to an abrupt end – as they decided to leave advertising and push into the art world.

While still maintaining their digital heritage the twins started painting in earnest back to what they felt was traditional. Producing large-scale landscapes that covered the topic of politics and social critique.

Though seemingly hyperrealist there was always a computer involved at the starting point of the projects. The paintings were readily accepted into the national shows such as Mostyn Contemporary amongst others. The News Presenter John Snow chose the painting titled ‘Roadside’ for his own personal critique when the painting was shortlisted for the prestigious Threadneedle Prize 2010.

Art Exhibitions

Installations and Galleries

EXHIBITIONS & SHOWS

SEP 2016

D Contemporary / Its Art Call
Cult House presents Its art call group show @ D-Contemporary Mayfair

 

DEC 2015

Fill The Gap / Making Mythology 
An Exhibition by Paul & Mark Cummings Polygondaydream. Sculpture & Sound Performance

 

SEP 2015

Beautiful Crime / For The Love Of London
Exhibition featuring work centred around the theme of London

 

AUG 2015 

Leytonstone Arts Trial
Group show of resident and guest artists at the Norlington Road Studios

 

MAR 2015

Mall Galleries / RSBA
Group show Royal Society of British artists Selected paintings and sculptures.

 

JAN 2015

Gabriel Fine Arts / A tribute To William Blake
Group show inspired by William Blake artist poetic mystic. Selected works and sculptures.

 

OCT 2014

Abraxsas / Art and the Esoteric
Shelley Park Bournemouth Group show of art and magic in the famous Shelley museum and annex.

 

JUL 2014

Leyton Arts Trail / Norlington Open
Norlington Open Studios Group show of resident and guest artists a

 

MAR 2014

The Stone Pace / Visceral virtual
Church Lane Leytonstone, Solo Show.

 

SEP 2013

Leytonstone Arts Trial / Norlington Open
Norlington Road open studios including Memorabilia, a group show for Great Ormand St Hospital Fund raising.

 

SEP 2012

E17 Arts Trail / Walthamstow
A group Exhibition on the subject of ‘Life and the Ordinary’.

 

Sep 2011

Exposure Gallery / Life in Portraiture
Exposure Gallery is proud to present a brand new exhibition of Fine art and illustrations form Paul Cummings.

 

JUL 2011

Leyton Arts Trail / Norlington Open
Group show of resident and guest artists at the Norlington Road Studios

 

JUN 2011

Mostyn Open / Llandudno Mostyn
48 artists selected for the major opening of gallery

 

JAN 2011

LBI international / Wealth and the domicile
Solo Exhibition of selected large works.

 

SEP 2010

The Threadneedle Prize
One of seven artists short-listed for the Threadneedle prize for the best representational painting UK . Important contender for art prizes in terms of prestige and critical value. With critique by Presenter John Snow

 

MAY 2010

Standing On The Frontier / Group show
A group show by 13 international artists The images presented by the thirteen artists in this exhibition depict views taken on a figurative walk along the frontier between reality and the imagination.

 

FEB 2009 

Trap 2 Gallery / Photo Finish
Joint exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture, Vyner Street Exhibitions

 

MAY 2006

Luvart / Print Exhibition
Art fair of screen prints and paintings
Soho / Carnaby Street Exhibitions

 

Dec 2004

Luvart / Print Exhibition
Art fair of screen prints and paintings
East End Art Fair Shortditch Town Hall

 

Nov 2004

Luvart / Print Exhibition
Screen prints and paintings
Soho / Carnaby Street Exhibitions

 

DEC 1999

CAS /Art Futures Exhibition at the Royal Festival Hall
Sponsored by the Contemporary Art Society (Bloomberg).

 

APR 1999

Royal West Academy Bristol / ATRWA
Exhibition of paintings and aluminium prints depicting society and architecture.

 

MAY 1998  

Festival Of Arts Gloucester / Locations 4
Exhibition of latest works based on architectural themes.

 

APR 1998   

Painting Loan / The Gloucester Insurance Company
Loan of architectural paintings for main office suit.

 

APR 1998 

Drawing Network
A selection of life drawings in an exhibition that toured ten galleries in the UK

 

JAN 1998   

Smiths Industries Aerospace / Commission
Painting commission depicting the CS-UK building. A prestigious project to be presented to the SIA on their official open day. The press event included attendees the Board of Governors and the Mayor of Cheltenham.

Publications

Digital and Print

MEDIA & PUBLICATIONS 

APR 2016

State / F22 Magazine costume design on Front page

 

SEP 2015

55Pages Featured with interview Landscape paintings

 

JUL 2015

E-list Featured with interview on Sculpture project

 

SEP 2010

The Threadneedle Prize  The Independent News Website

 

SEP 2010

The Threadneedle Prize  BBC News Website

 

SEP 2010

The Threadneedle Prize Catalogue

 

SEP 2004

Xfuns Design Magazine

 

MAY 2003

Onedotzero7 Programme Guide 2003

 

OCT 2002

Blue Print, VJs, The new kings of culture.

 

NOV 2002

A commercial shift, shift magazine

 

AUG 2002

Create Online, Future publishing: 01/04/2002 diesel DVD movie

 

JUL 2001

Computer Arts special: Advanced flash special tutorial

 

MAR 2001

Creative Review, Centaur Communications Ltd: featured on CD-ROM

AUDIO / VISUAL

Emersive Multimedia

LIVE PERFORMANCE

CURRENT

Mystery School of Sound Kybalion Gong Bath Performances.Fortnightly various venues. Sonic healing and audio visual experiences.

 

24/05/2003

ADDICTIVE TV with Cinefeel presents a night where club meets cinema. Screening ‘Yo Punk’ in this months shortlist.@ The Great Eastern Great Eastern St’ London EC1

 

09/04/2003

Texelse Boys meeting Marcel Chapman and taking home the trophy, the Texelse boys bag. Amsterdam Holland

 

02/04/2003

VJ/ Diesel” store promotion Antwerp Belgium

 

31/12/2002

NYP@ Play Bar 58 Old Street London EC1 V9AJ

 

08/05/2003

Kujin 2000 presenteert; AVE-COM FEEST @ Arnehem,  Holland

 

01/05/2003

OFFF2003 Media Festival

 

27/09/2002

VJ / SoFten/ Kanvas, VJ event at the Play Bar

 

18/10/2002

VJ /.Fat Cats Get Mullered ‘white collar crime’. On The Rox 25 Kingsland Road

 

16/10/2002

VJ / Unscene Student turner Prize Private Party

 

20/09/2002

Crakow film festival digital animation web based film

 

10/09/2002

Hackney Radio station : Radio interview

 

22/08/2002

VJ / So Ften/Kanvas, VJ event at the Play Bar

 

05/08-2002

VJ / HUM YUM: vibe bar

 

02/08/2002

VJ / Junketeer Herbal Kingsland road E1 London

 

27/07/2002

VJ / HUM YUM: Somerset

 

19/07/2002

VJ / Windows Art Centre Bath Somerset UK

 

15/07/2002

VJ/Flat Caps And Mullets Catch Bar

 

17/05/2002

VJ/ Arnaud’s Wedding party Brussels

 

17/05/2002

VJ / HUM YUM: Herbal Kingsland road E1 London

 

15/05/2002

VJ / HUM YUM: Herbal Kingsland road E1 London

 

3-5/3/2001

Online Flash Film Festival Barcelona Spain

 

18/10/2002

Cargo Kingsland Viaduct 83 Rivington Street

 

07/02/2003

VJ / TO LET Play Bar 58 Old Street London EC1 V9A

ART MAGIC ZEITGEIST