Ian Cumberland

Ian Cumberland was born in Banbridge, Northern Ireland in 1983. He graduated from Ulster University in 2006, receiving a BA(Hons) in Fine and Applied Art. He works primarily with paint and installation.

Cumberland stages fictional scenes that when viewed have a sensation of voyeurism. Individual figures contained within generic everyday settings create an environment, which intrudes into moments that appear private. He carefully arranges mise–en-scènes, sets, actors, props and lighting, to reconstruct an illusion of normality that is understood through mass media. These are then photographed and painted. The paintings are treated as objects among a multi component tableau staged within the gallery in a wider installation. Elements framed within the paintings extend into the space with fabric, paint, neon, sculpture and video work. By expanding the paintings mode of presentation Cumberland is highlighting the process of construction through a method of deconstruction, exploring ideas about the human condition, culture, spectacle, gaze, symptoms of mass media, surveillance and control.

Solo Exhibitions

2019  ‘A Common Fiction/Once removed’, Josef Filipp Gallery, Leipzig, Germany
2018  ‘A Common Fiction’, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2016  ‘Once Removed’, MCAC, Portadown, Northern Ireland
2012  Albemarle Gallery, London, UK
2008 Albemarle Gallery, London, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 JD Malat Gallery, London, UK
‘SAGA’, Paintguide, Hong Kong
2018 ‘A Brand New Darkness’, Abridged, Galway Arts Centre, Ireland
2017 ‘Winter Open’, RUA Red, Dublin, Ireland
‘Delusional’, Jonathan Levine Projects, New Jersey, USA
Royal Ulster Academy, Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2016 ‘Portraits of a Nation’, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2015 ‘BP Portrait Award’ (Touring Exhibition), The National Portrait Gallery, London, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Ulster Museum, Belfast, UK
2014 ‘Presently’, MCAC, Portadown, Northern Ireland
‘184th Annual Exhibition’, The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
2013 ‘Precious Cargo’, The London Street Gallery, Londonderry, Northern Ireland
‘BP Portrait Award’ (Touring Exhibition), The National Portrait Gallery, London, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Wolverhampton Art, UK
‘Albemarle Collective’, Albemarle Gallery, London, UK
Royal Ulster Academy, Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2012 ‘BP Portrait Award’ (Touring Exhibition), The National Portrait Gallery, London, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, UK
182nd Annual Exhibition,The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
‘Nude’, Albemarle Gallery, London
2011 ‘Bp Portrait Award’ (Touring Exhibition), The National Portrait Gallery, London, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Wolverhampton Art, UK
‘British Figurative Art’, Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York, USA
‘Summer Collective’, Albemarle Gallery, London, UK
2010 ‘Davy Portrait Award’ (Touring Exhibition), Naughton Gallery, Belfast
Davy Portrait Award, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
Albemarle Gallery, London, UK
Gormleys Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2009 ‘BP Portrait Awards’ (Touring Exhibition), The National Portrait Gallery, London, Dean Gallery of the National Galleries Of Scotland, Edinburgh, Southhampton City Art Gallery, Uk
Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Awards

Artist International Development Fund, British Council / Arts Council of Northern Ireland, 2018
ACES Award, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, 2014
The Ireland-US Council & Irish Arts Review Portraiture Award, 2012
BP Portrait Award, 3rd Prize, 2011
SIAP Award, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, 2011, 2010, 2009
Davy Portrait Award, 1st Prize, 2010
KPMG Emerging Artist Award (RUA), 2010, 2009

Collections

G2 Kunsthalle, Hildebrand Collection, Leipzig, Germany
Northern Ireland Civil Service Art Collection
National Self Portrait Collection of Ireland
OPW State Art Collection
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Belfast City Hall
Queens University
University of Ulster

Representation

UK: JD Malat Gallery, London
Germany: Josef Filipp Gallery, Leipzig