Version 2

Upright Vessel in Applewood and Wenge

Description: Upright vessel first shown as part of two person show ‘s t r i a e’ with artist Sheila Naughton at Olivier Cornet Gallery
Techniques: Working with the wood grain I shape sequenced leaves of fine veneers by hand which are then held in specially designed jigs.
Materials: Wood - Apple Wood and Wenge, Beeswax and Danish Oil
Year Made: 2018
Dimensions: (H) 35.5 (W) 20 (D) 4.9cm

Hugh Cummins - Upright Vessel in Madrona Burr and a Satinwood

Upright Vessel in Madrona Burr and a Satinwood

Description: Upright vessel with long neck and sense of movement, highlighting contrasting woods. First shown as part of two person show ‘s t r i a e’ with artist Sheila Naughton at Olivier Cornet Gallery.
Techniques: Working with the wood grain I shape sequenced leaves of fine veneers by hand which are then held in specially designed jigs.
Materials: Wood - Madrona Burr and a Satinwood, Beeswax and Danish Oil
Year Made: 2018
Dimensions: (H) 29.2 (W) 11 (D)4.5cm

Version 2

Thinking Beyond the Bag

Description: Sculptural Form created for group show at the Olivier Cornet Gallery drawing attention to climate change and plastic waste.
Techniques: Working with the wood grain I shape sequenced leaves of fine veneers by hand which are then held in specially designed jigs.
Materials: Wood - Sycamore and Walnut, Beeswax , Danish Oil
Year Made: 2017
Dimensions: (H) 37 (W) 20.7 (D) 11cm

furniture/wood/basketry
troscán/adhmad/caoladóireacht

Hugh Cummins

Hugh works three dimensionally with wood creating a range of objects from atmospheric lighting to multi-coloured wall hanging sculptural forms.  His designs are light, have clean flowing lines and involve innovative construction processes.

At the core of his creative expression is the sequencing of thin slices or rare and exotic woods – the grain, texture and pattern being integral to the finished form.

Hugh’s work celebrates the extraordinary variety of woods from all parts of the world, highlighting and contrasting their qualities – the whiteness of Sycamore, Holly or Maple layered together with the darker, more highly figured, Walnut, Wenge or Zebrano.

Selected Exhibitions

2012
The C.C.o.I. “A Place to Gather” at the London Design Week 2012.  (This   showcase of new Irish Design was also installed in the Palais de Justus Lipsius in Brussels to mark the Irish Presidency of the European Union 2013.)
2013
C.C.o.I. Showcase at R.D.S. 2013
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council  Open Submission  Art Exhibition
“Design Stories” Culture Box, Temple Bar 2013
2014
Royal Hibernian Academy (R.H.A.) Open Summer Exhibition, Dublin 2014
Commissioned, with Kathleen Holland, Jeweler, to make a manuscript box in Walnut for the author David Mitchell to be stored until 2114 in the  ‘Future Library’ project in Norway
‘Flâneries in forests and fields’, The Olivier Cornet Gallery, Cavendish Row, Dublin.
The Office of Public Works (O.P.W.) acquired Hugh’s ‘Platter’ in Yew from this show for the State’s Art Collection.
The VUE 2014, National Contemporary Art Fair, R.H.A., Dublin as part of the Olivier Cornet Gallery themed show “A Terrible Beauty”.
2015
R.H.A. Open Summer Exhibition, Dublin  2015
Olivier Cornet Gallery group show ‘A Terrible Beauty’ Spring 2015 at the Octagonal Room, City Assembly House by the kind invitation of the Irish Georgian Society.
The Olivier Cornet Gallery summer show – “5 Cavendish Row”,  Great Denmark Street,  2015.
Sculpture in Context at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin,  2015
VUE 2015 National Contemporary Art Fair at the R.H.A. Dublin  as part of the Olivier   Cornet Gallery themed group show “Hopscotch.
The O.P.W. acquired Hugh’s ‘Maternal Care’ from this show for the  State’s Art Collection.
Royal Ulster Academy Open Submission Exhibition 2015 at the Ulster Museum in Belfast
“Hopscotch” – A winter group show at the Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1.  December 2015 – February 2016.
2016
VUE 2016 National Contemporary Art Fair at the R.H.A. Dublin as part of the Olivier Cornet Gallery themed group show ‘Elevation’,  based on the poem by Charles Baudelaire.
I.A.W.A.T.S.T. (Interesting And Weird At The Same Time).  ‘Maternal Care’ was included in this exhibition which was organised by the Office of Public Works, the Department of Finance, Northern Ireland Executive and Dublin City Council the LAB Gallery in collaboration with Central Model Senior School, Dublin 1.  The Printworks, Dublin Castle – November 2016.  The Alley Theatre and Gallery, Strabane, Co. Tyrone – December 2016.  The LAB Gallery, Dublin 1 – February 2017.
2017
‘Explorations in Wood” a solo exhibition hosted by Olivier Cornet Gallery July 2017
The O.P.W. acquired Hugh’s Tall ‘Wings’ vessel in Rosewood from this show for the State’s Art Collection.
R.D.S. Craft Awards 2017, RDS Concert Hall, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
‘Sculpture in Context’ at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin.  2017
‘Turned and Sculpted Wood 2017’.  Online International Collection through www.woodsymphony.com
The Olivier Cornet Gallery group show ‘2° C’ on climate change, with the support of the Environmental Protection Agency, as part of VUE 2017 the National Contemporary Art Fair at RHA Gallery, Ely Place, Dublin 2 (2nd – 5th November).  Then transferred to the Olivier Cornet Gallery Dec. – Feb. 2018.
2018
‘Turned and Sculpted Wood 2018’.  Online International Collection through www.woodsymphony.com
‘s  t  r  i a e’ a two-person exhibition of work with Sheila Naughton at the Olivier Cornet Gallery May – June 2018.
WOODWORK – “an exhibition devoted to functional and decorative objects in wood and willow” – at Blue Egg Gallery, 22 John’s Gate Street, Ferrybank South, Wexford.  Starting 1st September 2018 for one month.
Featured in “Masters of Contemporary Wood Art” published by Wood Symphony Gallery, U.S.A.
Royal Ulster Academy of Arts 137th Annual Exhibition at the Ulster Museum, Belfast – 18th October 2018 to 6th January 2019
“Somewhere between perception and reality” the Olivier Cornet Gallery group themed show at VUE 2018 National Contemporary Art Fair at the RHA Gallery, Ely Place, Dublin 2.  2nd – 4th November

Gallery Representation

Hugh joined the group of artists represented in Dublin by the Olivier Cornet Gallery in 2014.

Contact Details:

Hugh Cummins


T. 0871426541
E. hcummins2@gmail.com
www.hughcumminsdesigns.com/