- early 1960s
- Media category
- Materials used
- synthetic polymer paint on paper
- 55.8 x 76.0 cm sheet; 79.0 x 99.0 cm frame
- Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
- Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Joanna Mendelssohn, in memory of Margaret Tuckson 2015
- Not on display
- Accession number
- © Estate of the artist/Copyright Agency
- Artist information
Works in the collection
Tony Tuckson came to public notice as an abstractionist of distinction in the early 1970s, acclaimed by art critic Sandra McGrath as 'the best Action Painter in Australia.' His art practice had been private until then, due to a parallel career in art administration at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, where he worked from 1950 until his death in 1973 - and most notably established the collections of Aboriginal and Melanesian art. Formative influences on his approach ranged from Picasso, Klee and Dubuffet to Ian Fairweather, Pollock and de Kooning - allied with Tuckson's lifelong interest in Aboriginal art.
This drawing is a striking example of the artist's early abstraction - its sensitive gestural linearity yielding minimal suggestion of figural form.
Other works by Tony Tuckson
Five white lines (vertical), black ground Tony Tuckson 1970-1973 1.1996 On display – 20th-century galleries (ground floor)
White lines (vertical) on ultramarine Tony Tuckson 1970-1973 127.1976.a-b On display – 20th-century galleries (ground floor)
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