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White lines (vertical) on ultramarine



Tony Tuckson

Egypt, England, Australia

18 Jan 1921 – 24 Nov 1973

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  • Details

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    diptych: styrene-based house paint, polyvinyl acetate and pigment on hardboard
    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

    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of Annette Dupree 1976
    South Building, ground level, 20th-century galleries
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    © Estate of the artist/Copyright Agency

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    Tony Tuckson

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  • About

    '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, and to tap into the unconscious as mentioned above. 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.

    Tuckson's career as a painter was somewhat overshadowed by his work as a gallery administrator, whereby he is recognised for establishing the Art Gallery's Aboriginal and Melanesian collections and greatly assisting in their recognition as unique artistic traditions and highly creative living cultures.

  • Audio

    White lines (vertical) on ultramarine - Tony Tuckson 2:32

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 7 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 16 publications

Other works by Tony Tuckson

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