William Cumming

(American, born 1917, died 2010)

Late artist William Cumming was a celebrated painter whose figurative compositions explored the line between realism and abstraction. He was a member of the Northwest School, a Pacific Northwest-based art movement influenced by the region's natural environment and cultural symbols. Cumming's artworks are characterized by their movement, light, and color. Born in Montana, he grew up in Tukwila, Washington, beginning his career painting for the WPA Federal Art Project in Seattle from 1938 to 1940.