Timothy Cummings was raised in Albuquerque, NM and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1993. A self-taught painter, Cummings renders exquisitely crafted narrative and portrait paintings on panel that defy his lack of formal training. The subjects in his work are often children and adolescents trapped in adult worlds and struggling with issues of sexuality and sexual orientation.

Cummings’ work has been included in exhibitions throughout the United States, including San Francisco State University, CA; The Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, FL; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; LACE Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; and Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA. His work has been reviewed in Artweek, Art Papers, Flash Art, Details, and Juxtapoz. In recent years he has had been invited to work at Trillium Press in Brisbane, CA and the Hui Noe’au in Makawao, HI.

His work has been represented by Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco since 1994. In 2004 he also began exhibiting with Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York. For his most recent show in San Francisco, he collaborated with Aaron Plant and Shane Francis on a video project, Iodine — his first foray into this medium. 

Timothy Cummings was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1968 where he grew up in the midst of Spanish Catholic and Native American culture, fertile with religious imagery and iconography in the churches. Murals and retablos he saw depicting death, martyrdom, and Day of the Dead imagery influenced him. Cummings is completely self-taught.