- Other Title
- circa 1958-circa 1961
- Media category
- Materials used
- oil on hardboard
- 137.0 x 122.0 cm
- Edward Hamilton Stinson Fund 2017
- Not on display
- Accession number
- © Estate of the artist/Copyright Agency
- Artist information
Works in the collection
Tony Tuckson studied at Hornsey School of Art in London in 1937-38 and later at East Sydney Technical College after the war from 1946 to 1949. While he dutifully engaged with the principles of his academic training, Tuckson also embarked on a course of a self- directed study where he focused on the principles of European modernist painting. From the late 1940s Tuckson began applying elements of the formal languages of modern masters including Cézanne, Picasso, Matisse and Dubuffet into his own practice, using their example to explore the means for establishing a new, personal idiom of abstract expression in his art. His awareness of the developments of the radical forms of abstraction in post-war American art also encouraged a sense of new freedom in his practice.
By the late 1950s, when Tuckson was shedding the last vestiges of the figure in his art, he painted 'Blue, yellow, black', a highly resolved statement of the new set of artistic aims that he had realised in his work. While one might detect the loosest trace of figurative forms in this composition, it is the densely layered 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.
Shown in 6 exhibitions
Tony Tuckson (1970), Watters Gallery, East Sydney, 27 May 1970–13 Jun 1970
Tony Tuckson 1921-1973, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 10 Apr 1976–09 May 1976
Tony Tuckson paintings 1949-1970, Broken Hill City Art Gallery, Broken Hill, 22 Jun 1984–21 Jul 1984
Tony Tuckson paintings 1949-1970, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Emu Plains, 02 Aug 1984–30 Sep 1984
Painting forever: The art of Tony Tuckson, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 04 Nov 2000–04 Feb 2001
Tony Tuckson: the abstract sublime, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Nov 2018–17 Feb 2019
Referenced in 6 publications
Renée Free, Geoffrey Legge and Daniel Thomas AM, Tony Tuckson, Sydney, 1989, 32 (illus.), 33.
Renée Free, Geoffrey Legge and Daniel Thomas AM, Tony Tuckson, Sydney, 2006, 31 (illus.) (figure 13), 202.
Mervyn Horton (Editor), Art and Australia (vol. 12, no. 2), Sydney, Oct 1974-Dec 1974, 162 (colour illus.).
Terence Maloon and Tim Fisher, Painting forever: Tony Tuckson, Canberra, 2000, 26 (colour illus.). cat.no. 26
Denise Mimmocchi (Editor), Tony Tuckson, Sydney, 2018, 31, 87 (colour illus.), 207, 222.
Daniel Thomas AM, Tony Tuckson 1921-1973, Sydney, 1976, 13, 38 (illus.). cat.no. 30
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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