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Title

Untitled

circa 1960


Artist

Tony Tuckson

Egypt, England, Australia

18 Jan 1921 - 24 Nov 1973


About

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.

'Abstract on hardboard no. 3' stylistically sits within Tuckson's early forays into pure abstraction circa 1960. On a white ground, typical of this period, Tuckson has overlaid dark, expressive calligraphic-like brushwork. While one might detect the loosest trace of writing in these marks, it is the expressive force of line, brushwork and colour that have become the true subject of art, indicating the elements that would remain at the heart of his panting henceforth. In diminishing figurative structure, Tuckson emphasised speed and density of mark making, giving a sense of an unleashing of greater inner truths through the sheer physical force of painting.


Details


Other Title

Abstract on hardboard no. 3; TP490; TP216b


Date

circa 1960


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil enamel and ochre on hardboard


Dimensions

92.0 x 61.0 cm; 97.2 x 67.0 cm frame


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Frank Watters 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Location

Not on display


Accession number

35.2018


Artist information

Tony Tuckson

Artist profile

Works in the collection

27


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Tony Tuckson, Sydney, 1989, 83 (colour illus.) (plate 81), 182. as TP490

Tony Tuckson, Sydney, 2006, 99 (colour illus.) (plate 88), 197-198. as TP490

Watters 25 years: Portrait of a gallery, East Sydney, 1989, n.p. (illus.). cat.no. 41 as TP490

Frank’s flat: A selection from Frank Watters collection, Maitland, 2011, 33. cat.no. 211