(Egypt, England, Australia 18 Jan 1921 – 24 Nov 1973)
213.5 x 244.6 cm board overall:
a - left panel; 213.5 x 122.3 cm; board
b - right panel; 213.5 x 122.3 cm; board
If we consider the several components manifested in a work of art ... foremost is man himself, the artist ... but equally important is the use of his intuitive faculties – the influence of the unconscious.
Tony Tuckson 1964
It is for his later paintings such as 'White lines (vertical) on ultramarine' that Tony Tuckson is admired as one of Australia’s finest abstract expressionists. From the late 1950s, he used increasingly simplified forms and restricted colour to concentrate on the act of painting. While absorbing developments in European and American abstraction and admiring the work of fellow Australian artist Ian Fairweather, Tuckson’s approach is perhaps most strongly allied to his lifelong interest in Aboriginal and Melanesian art.
Sandra McGrath, Art and Australia (vol. 12, no. 2), 'Tony Tuckson', pg. 156-166, Sydney, Oct 1974-Dec 1974, cover (colour illus.). dated c.1972-73.
Deborah Edwards, Two centuries of Australian painting: a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Introduction', pg. 8-14, Sydney, 1986, 40 (illus.). cat.no. 44
Nick Waterlow (Director), The 1988 Australian Biennale: from the Southern Cross: a view of world art c.1940-88, List of works in the exhibition 276-282, Sydney, 1988, 282.
Ewen McDonald (Editor), The Art Gallery of New South Wales Collections, 'From Colonialism to late Modernism', pg. 7-106, Sydney, 1994, 87 (colour illus.).
Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales Handbook, 'Australian Collection: Painting and Sculpture', pg. 102-181, Sydney, 1999, 165 (colour illus.).
Barry Pearce, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Landscape and gesture', pg. 239-240, Sydney, 2000, 259 (colour illus.), 302.
Susan Borham (Editor in Chief) and Michael Hutak (Editor), Australian art collector, Sydney, Apr 2001-Jun 2001, 60 (illus.).
INK: Whiteley and Others, Sydney, 2006. List of works
Renée Free, Geoffrey Legge and Daniel Thomas, Tony Tuckson, Roseville, 2006, 140 (colour illus.), 200. plate no. 153
Susan McCulloch, Alan McCulloch and Emily McCulloch Childs, The new McCulloch's encyclopedia of Australian art, 'A prophet in his own country', pg. xi, Carlton, 2006, xi, 967-968.
Jonathan Jones and Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Jonathan Jones: the tyranny of distance, 'Jonathan Jones in conversation with Hetti Perkins', pg. 12-19, Paddington, 2008, 14 (colour illus.).
Sasha Grishin, Untitled, 'Postmodern and postcolonial Australia', pg. 492-501, 498, 499 (colour illus.), 553, 569. plate no. 45.5
Tony Tuckson, Watters Gallery, East Sydney, 11 Apr 1973–05 May 1973
Tony Tuckson 1921-1973, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 10 Apr 1976–09 May 1976
Two centuries of Australian painting, a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Orange Regional Gallery, Australia, 19 Apr 1986–15 Jun 1986
1988 Australian Biennale: from the Southern Cross: a view of world art c.1940-88:
Ink: Whiteley and others (2006), The Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills, 29 Apr 2006–20 Aug 2006