ABOUT

BIOGRAPHY

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.
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.
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, featuring a movie.
JUL 2001          Computer Arts special: Advanced flash special tutorial
MAR 2001         Creative Review, Centaur Communications Ltd: featured on CD-ROM
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
Back to Top