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early 1960s


Tony Tuckson

Egypt, England, Australia

18 Jan 1921 – 24 Nov 1973

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  • Details

    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

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    Tony Tuckson

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  • About

    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

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