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Charles Cushing

Charles Cushing

Philadelphia, PA

Charles Cushing

Charles Cushing, a 1988 graduate of The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), has been living and working in center city Philadelphia for 40 years.  At PAFA, Cushing studied classic painting approaches and technique under celebrated instructors Arthur De Costa, Roswell Weidner, and Sidney Goodman, amongst others.  Cushing works primarily in "oil on canvas" but also occasionally graphite pencil, charcoal, sepia ink and pastel.  He is interested in all the traditional genres of easel painting (portrait, figure, still-life, landscape, etc.) but is known locally mostly for his cityscapes of Philadelphia.  Over 600 of his original oil paintings are in public and private collections in the region, including the collection of The Union League of Philadelphia.  Cushing was also honored by The Philadelphia College of Physicians for his efforts in the campaign to purchase Thomas Eakins' "The Gross Clinic" which consisted of painting a life-sized replica of that painting to use in events to raise awareness for the campaign.  In recent years, Cushing has traveled throughout the United States as well as other countries such as Finland, Argentina, and Italy to paint landscape and cityscape.

Fast Facts

Name: Charles Cushing


Place of Birth: Cincinnati, Ohio

1977 – San Francisco Academy of Art
1984-1988 – 4 year certificate at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA)

Notable or memorable instructors or mentors:
Arthur DeCosta
Sidney Goodman
Roswell Weidner
Elisabeth Osborne

Particular field of study or class work:
Oil Painting from Life (nude, portrait, still-life, landscape)

Major influences/admired artists:
Easel painters including Manet, Hopper, DeChiricho, Munch, Rembrandt, Velasquez, Monet, Van Gogh, Sargent, and Guston

Favorite materials or media:
Oil on canvas, also sepia ink and graphite on paper

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