White lines (vertical) on ultramarine
Egypt, England, Australia
18 Jan 1921 - 24 Nov 1973
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.
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
© Estate of the artist. Licensed by Copyright Agency
Shown in 6 exhibitions
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, Orange, 19 Apr 1986–15 Jun 1986
1988 Australian Biennale: from the Southern Cross: a view of world art c.1940-88:
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 18 May 1988–03 Jul 1988
- National Gallery of Victoria [St Kilda Road], Melbourne 04 Aug 1988–18 Sep 1988
Ink: Whiteley and others (2006), The Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills, 29 Apr 2006–20 Aug 2006
Tony Tuckson: the abstract sublime, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Nov 2018–17 Feb 2019
Referenced in 14 publications
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
Sasha Grishin, Australian art: a history, 'There is no art capital in Australia', pg.492-501, Carlton, 2013, 498, 499 (colour illus.), 553, 569. plate no. 45.5
Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Painting and Sculpture', pg. 102-181, Sydney, 1999, 165 (colour illus.).
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.
Barry Pearce, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Landscape and gesture', pg. 239-240, Sydney, 2000, 259 (colour illus.), 302.
INK: Whiteley and Others, Sydney, 2006. List of works
Australian art collector, Sydney, Apr 2001-Jun 2001, 60 (illus.).
Look, 'Art that made me: Ildiko Kovacs', pg. 14-15, Sydney, Apr 2016, 15 (colour illus.).
AGNSW Collections, 'From Colonialism to late Modernism', pg. 7-106, Sydney, 1994, 87 (colour illus.).
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.
Tony Tuckson, Sydney, 2006, 140 (colour illus.), 200. plate no. 153
The new McCulloch's encyclopedia of Australian art, 'A prophet in his own country', pg. xi, Carlton, 2006, xi, 967-968.
Tony Tuckson 1921-1973, Sydney, 1976, 29, 40 (illus.).
Jonathan Jones: the tyranny of distance, 'Jonathan Jones in conversation with Hetti Perkins', pg. 12-19, Sydney, 2008, 14 (colour illus.).