WAKE FOREST — Artist Omar Cummings has a phrase he likes to use when it comes to what he hopes viewers of his work see:
“When the art speaks, do you listen?”
Cummings doesn’t think everyone will hear the same thing or walk away with the same ideas, but he wants everyone to be open to finding their own inspiration through art.
Cummings, who describes his abstract mixed media work as art deco with a contemporary spin, said the geometric shapes, sharp angles and bright, primary colors he uses are an expression of his own ideas and feelings.
“The art is kind of my therapy,” he said.
A collection of Cummings’ work is on display until Dec. 8 at the Cotton Company at 306 S. White Street. An artist reception will be held there during Art After Hours.
Cummings, 36, was born in Charleston, S.C., and grew up with a knack for art. He drew whenever he could but did not pursue any formal training. Once he was in college, though, the urge to make art became stronger.
“It was a form of expression because of the emotions you can communicate through art,” he said.
Cummings started filling canvases and today works primarily with acrylics and mixed media on a scale larger than a typical canvas.
Though Cummings also works as a pharmaceutical research consultant, he tries to devote as much time as he can to his art, including as the owner of the Manifestationz gallery in Cary.
Cummings opened the gallery in December 2012 as way to nurture and promote local and emerging artists. It’s one more way for Cummings to do what he loves and encourage others to pursue their own ideas.
“Every chance I get, I try to make sure I’m productive in the arts,” he said.