Egypt, England, Australia
18 Jan 1921 - 24 Nov 1973
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.
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
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