Lloyd Sumner

Basic Info

Name: Lloyd Sumner
Country of Origin: US

Description

Lloyd Sumner was an early American computer artist, one of the first to pursue computer art as his full-time career. Sumner was born in Virginia, as the youngest of 13 siblings, and was orphaned at the age of 16. In 1962, he entered the University of Virginia and got a part time job working at the Computer Science Center on campus. During the next two years, he gained familiarity with the computer hardware at the center, including a B5500 Burroughs computer and CalComp 565 plotter, and began to produce aesthetic graphical designs characterized by smooth curves, moiré patterns, symmetry and evenly spaced lines.

Sumner began to enter art shows, first in Virginia, around campus, and then further afield. He made his works using extended ALGOL, a programming language, and produced plotter drawings characterised by simple, geometric, line-based shapes. By spring of 1967, when he graduated, he had decided to try and make a living by selling his computer artworks in catalogs, and also by marketing his booklet on computer art, Computer Art and Human Response (1968). The same year, Sumner exhibited his art at Cybernetic Serendipity.

Sumner thus made a career out of his computer art and used the proceeds to fund his famous round-the-world bike ride expedition – documented in his travel memoir The Long Ride (1978).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explore Artworks By Lloyd Sumner

Intuitively Yours

offset lithograph created after an original unique computer-generated plotter drawing signed lower right in print titled lower center in print copyrighted and dated lower left in print equipment used to create the original plotter drawing: hardware: B5500 Burroughs Computer software: ALGOL output machine: CalComp 565 Drum Plotter location: Computer Science Center, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, […]

Away

offset lithograph created after an original unique computer-generated plotter drawing signed, titled, copyrighted, and dated lower right in print titled lower left in print equipment used to create the original plotter drawing: hardware: B5500 Burroughs Computer software: ALGOL output machine: CalComp 565 Drum Plotter location: Computer Science Center, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Star Free

offset lithograph created after an original unique computer-generated plotter drawing signed, copyrighted, and dated lower right in print titled lower center in print titled lower left in print equipment used to create the original plotter drawing: hardware: B5500 Burroughs Computer software: ALGOL output machine: CalComp 565 Drum Plotter location: Computer Science Center, University of Virginia, […]

Logisina’s World

offset lithograph created after an original unique computer-generated plotter drawing signed and titled lower left in print titled lower center in print copyrighted and dated lower right in print equipment used to create the original plotter drawing: hardware: B5500 Burroughs Computer software: ALGOL output machine: CalComp 565 Drum Plotter location: Computer Science Center, University of […]

Diamonds of the Flower

offset lithograph created after an original unique computer-generated plotter drawing signed, copyrighted, and dated lower right in print titled lower center in print titled lower left in print equipment used to create the original plotter drawing: hardware: B5500 Burroughs Computer software: ALGOL output machine: CalComp 565 Drum Plotter location: Computer Science Center, University of Virginia, […]

Seven Seas

offset lithograph created after an original unique computer-generated plotter drawing signed and titled lower center in print copyrighted and dated lower left in print equipment used to create the original plotter drawing: hardware: B5500 Burroughs Computer software: ALGOL output machine: CalComp 565 Drum Plotter location: Computer Science Center, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Population

offset lithograph created after an original unique computer-generated plotter drawing signed and titled lower left in print titled lower center in print copyrighted and dated lower right in print equipment used to create the original plotter drawing: hardware: B5500 Burroughs Computer software: ALGOL output machine: CalComp 565 Drum Plotter location: Computer Science Center, University of […]

Yesterday & Forever

offset lithograph created after an original unique computer-generated plotter drawing signed lower right in print titled lower center in print copyrighted and dated lower left in print equipment used to create the original plotter drawing: hardware: B5500 Burroughs Computer software: ALGOL output machine: CalComp 565 Drum Plotter location: Computer Science Center, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, […]

The Rotunda

offset lithograph created after an original unique computer-generated plotter drawing signed lower right in print titled lower center in print copyrighted and dated lower left in print equipment used to create the original plotter drawing: hardware: B5500 Burroughs Computer software: ALGOL output machine: CalComp 565 Drum Plotter location: Computer Science Center, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, […]

Elliptiangle

offset lithograph created after an original unique computer-generated plotter drawing signed lower right in print titled lower center in print copyrighted and dated lower left in print equipment used to create the original plotter drawing: hardware: B5500 Burroughs Computer software: ALGOL output machine: CalComp 565 Drum Plotter location: Computer Science Center, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, […]

1972 Calendar

offset lithograph created after an original unique computer-generated plotter drawing signed lower right in print copyrighted and dated lower left in print equipment used to create the original plotter drawing: hardware: B5500 Burroughs Computer software: ALGOL output machine: CalComp 565 Drum Plotter location: Computer Science Center, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

1971 Calendar

offset lithograph created after an original unique computer-generated plotter drawing signed lower right in print equipment used to create the original plotter drawing: hardware: B5500 Burroughs Computer software: ALGOL output machine: CalComp 565 Drum Plotter location: Computer Science Center, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Cedar Grove

offset lithograph created after an original unique computer-generated plotter drawing signed and titled lower left in print titled lower center in print copyrighted and dated lower right in print equipment used to create the original plotter drawing: hardware: B5500 Burroughs Computer software: ALGOL output machine: CalComp 565 Drum Plotter location: Computer Science Center, University of […]

Peace

offset lithograph created after an original unique computer-generated plotter drawing signed lower right in print copyrighted and dated lower left in print equipment used to create the original plotter drawing: hardware: B5500 Burroughs Computer software: ALGOL output machine: CalComp 565 Drum Plotter location: Computer Science Center, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Expanding Surfaces

offset lithograph created after an original unique computer-generated plotter drawing signed lower right in print titled lower center in print copyrighted and dated lower left in print equipment used to create the original plotter drawing: hardware: B5500 Burroughs Computer software: ALGOL output machine: CalComp 565 Drum Plotter location: Computer Science Center, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, […]

Perceiving

offset lithograph created after an original unique computer-generated plotter drawing signed lower right in print titled lower center in print copyrighted and dated lower left in print equipment used to create the original plotter drawing: hardware: B5500 Burroughs Computer software: ALGOL output machine: CalComp 565 Drum Plotter location: Computer Science Center, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, […]

Snow Crystals

offset lithograph created after an original unique computer-generated plotter drawing signed lower right in print titled lower center in print copyrighted and dated lower left in print equipment used to create the original plotter drawing: hardware: B5500 Burroughs Computer software: ALGOL output machine: CalComp 565 Drum Plotter location: Computer Science Center, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, […]

Snowflakes

signed and numbered 16/250 lower right in blue ink titled lower left in graphite date unknown: circa 1960’s – 1970’s

Five Generations

signed lower right in ink titled upper left corner in graphite titled upper left corner on the reverse in graphite datę unknown: circa 1960’s – 1970’s

Intuitively Yours

signed lower right in red ink titled and numbered 1/1 lower left in graphite titled upper right corner on the reverse in graphite California Computer Products company information printed along the bottom edge of the paper datę unknown: circa 1960’s – 1970’s

Possible Ways

signed lower right in ink titled and numbered 1/1 lower left in graphite date unknown: circa 1960’s – 1970’s

Eye’s Delight

signed lower right in green ink titled and numbered 12/75 lower left in graphite CALMA Company information printed along the bottom edge of the paper Winsor & Newton company label printed on the back of the matboard date unknown: circa 1960’s – 1970’s

The Swingmobile

signed lower right in ink titled and numbered 1/1 lower left in graphite date unknown: circa 1960’s – 1970’s

Snowflakes

offset lithograph created after an original unique computer-generated plotter drawing signed lower right in print titled lower center in print copyrighted and dated lower left in print equipment used to create the original plotter drawing: hardware: B5500 Burroughs Computer software: ALGOL output machine: CalComp 565 Drum Plotter location: Computer Science Center, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, […]

Logisina’s World

signed lower left in red ink titled and numbered 3/25 lower center in graphite date unknown: circa 1960’s – 1970’s

My Last Desire

signed lower right in red ink titled and numbered 2/40 lower center in graphite date unknown: circa 1960’s – 1970’s

Untitled

no visible inscriptions California Computer Products company name printed along the bottom edge of the paper date unknown: circa 1960’s – 1970’s

Designs of the Free

signed lower center in blue ink titled upper left corner on the reverse in graphite date unknown: circa 1960’s – 1970’s

Sole of Star

signed lower right in red ink titled and numbered 31/500 lower left in graphite date unknown: circa 1960’s – 1970’s

Crystal

signed lower right in blue ink titled and numbered 1/1 lower left in graphite date unknown: circa 1960’s – 1970’s

Untitled

signed lower center in brown ink Crescent matboard company stamp on the reverse date unknown: circa 1960’s – 1970’s

Self Contained

signed lower right in ink titled upper left corner on the reverse in blue ink date unknown: circa 1960’s – 1970’s

The Umpire

signed lower center in blue ink titled and numbered 1/1 lower center in graphite titled upper left corner on the reverse in blue ink

Untitled

1 – signed lower right in ink 2 – signed and numbered 8/1000 lower left in ink – California Computer Products printed along the bottom edge

Roses

titled upper left corner in graphite “each drawn individually original computer and signed” written on the reverse of the matboard in graphite

To Be Within

signed lower right in blue ink titled and numbered 1/1 lower left in graphite title in on the reverse of the matboard in blue ink

Untitled

no visible markings Crescent matboard company stamp on the back of the matboard

Away

signed lower right in red ink titled and numbered 3/100 lower left in graphite