Gary Cuddington

  • Undergraduate Faculty
  • Graduate Faculty

Assistant Professor of Art

Studio Arts Coordinator

Phone
301-696-3139
Office
Tatem Arts Center, Room 236

Biography

Many of my early years making art were spent working in the studios of New York artists. This window into a wide range of contemporary methodologies shaped my interest in process and desire to help young artists function efficiently, while communicating wonderfully ambitious ideas.

My paintings are saturated with bold and chaotic color arrangements, built to elevate moments of nostalgia and melancholy. My current series, Storyteller, took me away from the glossy, polished Dutch master painting style that I often gravitate to. These new works use cinema screen proportions with theatrical presentation to develop narratives that dissect the process of creating. Large variations in detail and color saturation give the viewer a glimpse at the under-drawing as well as the raw untouched surface, which reveals the entire process.

My studio work consists of commissioned portraits, high-end decorative painting projects, including but not exclusively murals and polished Venetian plaster, and figurative narrative paintings that explore the mental impact of memories, social interactions, social hierarchies and the process of creating.

It’s important for students, at an early stage, to attain the ability to look at ideas in many ways, using multiple media, learning to trust their instincts while tuning their senses and strengthening technique. My classes are built on traditional techniques, while being open and flexible enough to allow for different learning and creating styles.

 

Education

  • MFA, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
  • BFA, Kendall College of Art and Design