Vonn Cummings Sumner

Vonn Cummings Sumner

(Los Angeles, CA b. USA)


Vonn Cummings Sumner grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, the son of a picture framer and a school teacher. Seeing the art that his father was framing, as well as travel in Europe, Central America and India shaped Sumner’s visual aesthetic during his formative years.
He attended the University of California, at Davis, where he earned both a Bachelor’s degree and an M.F.A. in painting, with highest honors. While at Davis he worked closely with Wayne Thiebaud both as a student and as a teaching assistant. Sumner also took summer classes at the San Francisco Art Institute, and is influenced by the Bay Area Figurative movement that centered around that school in the postwar period.
Sumner has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1998. He has been featured or reviewed in many publications including New American Paintings, Elle Décor, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, L.A. Weekly, Art Ltd., Riviera magazine, Hi Fructose, Cartwheel Art, The Painter's Table, Boom magazine, and Quick Fiction. Sumner has shown regularly throughout the Los Angeles area since 2003, including in a solo museum show- Vonn Sumner: The Other Side of Here- at the Riverside Art Museum in the fall of 2008. A second solo museum exhibition, Vonn Sumner: Stages, followed in 2011 at the Phillips Museum of Art on the campus of Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania. Sumner's paintings have been shown internationally in Venice, Italy; Manchester, England, and Switzerland. He has been represented by Morton Fine Art in Washington, DC since 2010.




Los Angeles, b. Palo Alto, CA, USA, 1976



2000                                                 Master of Fine Arts, University of California, Davis

1998                                                  Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude with highest honors

University of California, Davis



2019     Only Painted Fire, Morton Fine Art, Washington, DC

2017       Bread and Circuses (and Walls), 2017, Morton Fine Art, Washington, DC

2016       To Be Seen, KP Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2015       New Ancient Pictures, Morton Fine Art, Washington, DC

               Vonn Sumner, Cypress College Fine Art Gallery, Cypress, CA

2014       Gravity and Other Lies, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2013       Somewhere Else, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2012       This Makes Sense, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2011       Late Empire Style, Morton Fine Art, Washington, DC

               Stages, Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin & Marshall College, PA

2010       Recent Paintings, Paul Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2008       The Other Side of Here, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA

2007       Secret Society, Bert Green Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

               Arrival, 50 California St., San Francisco, CA

2006       Out To Sea, Stevenson Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY

Paintings, Northern California Center for the Arts, Grass Valley, CA

               Still Life, Tahoe Tallac Association, South Lake Tahoe, CA



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