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"Chris Cumbie is a self-taught outsider artist raised in rural Alabama whose creativity and skill was influenced and driven by his grandfather's ability to build anything. Growing up in a small town with limited resources, Cumbie had to be resourceful in finding materials to create art, often using discarded objects and repurposed items.
Despite not having formal training in the arts, Cumbie's passion and dedication to his craft has allowed him to develop a unique style that blends both modern and historical mediums and techniques. Today, Cumbie's work is a reflection of his unique cultivation and DIY approach to art-making. It is a true representation of his upbringing, incorporating modern thought with elements of Southern folklore and the sub-culture of his youth.
His pieces range from whimsical to thought-provoking 3D mixed-media stand alone and relief sculptures.
Cumbie's grandfather, who was a skilled craftsman, instilled in him a love for working with his hands and a sense of pride in creating something completely from scratch. Similarly, Cumbie's children inspire him with their boundless imagination and creativity, reminding him to never limit himself and to always explore new ideas and mediums.
Cumbie's art has been featured in galleries, juried fine art festivals and exhibitions across the country, earning him critical acclaim and a growing base of collectors. His work is a testament to the power of self-expression and the ability of art to transcend boundaries and bring people together in both light and dark times."