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Title

Black on white

circa 1962

Artist

Tony Tuckson

Egypt, England, Australia

18 Jan 1921 - 24 Nov 1973

  • Details

    Other Titles
    No. 37: Black on white
    No. 37
    Date
    circa 1962
    Media categories
    Mixed media painting , Painting
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint and paper on hardboard
    Dimensions
    97.6 x 91.9 x 2.5 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Bequest of Margaret Tuckson 2015
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    224.2015
    Copyright
    © Estate of the artist. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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    Tony Tuckson is widely acknowledged as Australia's pre-eminent abstract expressionist painter. From the late 1950s, Tuckson abandoned representations of the figure in his art and developed a spectacular abstract aesthetic that he worked on in various distinct phases throughout the 1960s until his death in the early 1970s. His style moved from an early calligraphic emphasis on mark making to his final sensuous and sweeping veils of paint that one critic referred to as Tuckson's own formula for the sublime.

    Throughout the years of his tenure as an arts administrator at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (between 1950-1973) Tuckson's painting practice was a relatively personal pursuit. So much so that when an exhibition was held of his works at Watters Gallery in 1973, his painting appeared to many as a revelation, and he was declared Australia's leading abstract expressionist painter and an 'undiscovered master'.

    Tuckson's work contains the gestural hallmarks of the international movements of Abstract Expressionism and Action painting, yet they also confront us as powerfully distinct in their expressive capacities. The works of those who inspired him may have appeared more obvious in the early stages of his practice (the impact of Rauschenberg for example can be detected in his 'red, black and white' series), and yet his interpretation of twentieth century masters produced a style that was in more ways the artist's own. Tuckson's engaged study of the extraordinary heritage of Aboriginal art also led him to reconsider the formal elements of his abstraction, contributing to the highly individualised, and some argue localised, distinctions of his abstract oeuvre.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 9 publications

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