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: stryrene-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 5 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