29 Dec 1914 - 23 Oct 1999
Albert Tucker, one of Australia’s most important post-war artists, helped reinvigorate and re-mythologise the Australian landscape through his modernist approach. Along with Sidney Nolan, Joy Hester, John Perceval and Arthur Boyd, he was part of the group of artists active at Heide, near Melbourne, in the 1940s and enjoyed the patronage of John and Sunday Reed. Tucker left Australia in 1947 and spent the next thirteen years travelling and painitng in Japan, England, Europe and the United States.
As an expatriate artist living in Italy in the 1950s, Albert Tucker began to explore the ideas and imagery of the Australian landscape and mythology. ‘I was having nostalgic memories of Australia. I was remembering the dryness and gum tree trunks… I had that sense of dried out cratered form which were also volcanic landscapes, and they could also be wounds and gashes.’
In the 1950s and 60s Tucker was determined to show Australians the forms and shapes of the country through both his paint treatment and subject matter. His handling of the themes of Australia’s people and land brought a fresh approach to painting in this country and contributed to the myth-making of Australia’s folk heroes and its unique and strange wildlife, all powered by his affection for the native landscape.
synthetic polymer paint on hardboard
59.5 x 80.0 cm sight; 78.2 x 98.4 x 3.8 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l., black synthetic polymer paint "Tucker 63".
Gift of the Albert & Barbara Tucker Foundation 2017
Not on display
© Albert & Barbara Tucker Foundation. Courtesy of Smith & Singer Fine Art
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Albert Tucker (1969), Bonython Art Gallery [Sydney], Paddington, 28 Oct 1969–19 Nov 1969
Albert Tucker; the mythologies and images:
Albert Tucker: promised gifts from the Estate, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Jan 2007–11 Mar 2007
Referenced in 6 publications
Bonython Art Gallery [Sydney], Albert Tucker, Sydney, 1969. possibly cat.no. 47; not paginated
Edmund Capon AM, OBE, Foundation Newsletter #8, Sydney, Jun 2006. not paginated
Gavin Fry, Albert Tucker, Sydney, 2006, 159 (colour illus.).
Barry Pearce, Look, 'Albert Tucker', pg. 12-13, Sydney, Mar 2007, 12 (colour illus.), 13.
Lauraine Diggins, Albert Tucker; the mythologies and images, Sydney, 1990, 40 (colour illus.). cat.no. 47
Christopher Uhl, Albert Tucker, 'The return', pg. 78-87, Melbourne, 1969, 78. Note: general reference to Brolga/bird series