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Tony Tuckson

Egypt, England, Australia

18 Jan 1921 - 24 Nov 1973


Tony Tuckson’s name is inextricably linked to the movements of abstract expressionist art in this country. Following his formal training, initially in London and later in East Sydney Technical College after the war from 1946, Tuckson developed his painting practice privately, working after hours from his job as assistant to the director, and later deputy director at the Art Gallery of New South Wales between 1950 and 1973. Aside from a few exceptions he did not publically display his work until two solo exhibitions in 1970 and 1973 at Watters Gallery in Sydney where his paintings appeared to many as a revelation.

From around 1970 until his early death in 1973, Tuckson produced a body of works that are distinguished in their climactic, expressive painterly force. Amongst these works, and yet also quite distinct within them, is 'Wind'. Said to have been inspired by a figure running with streaming hair, 'Wind' tells of how the minutia of everyday moments could trigger the great gestural statements of Tuckson’s late practice. Motion, both slowness and speed, and small movements within space, inspired his work. 'Wind' is composed of a formation that is carried and propelled forward in space, a seemingly simple statement of lightness that emanates a strong and complex visual energy.


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polyvinyl acetate and pigment on hardboard


122.0 x 122.0 cm


Purchased 2017 with funds provided by the Australian Masterpieces Fund, including the following major donors: Antoinette Albert, Andrew Cameron AM & Cathy Cameron, Rowena Danziger AM & Ken Coles AM, Kiera Grant, Alexandra Joel & Philip Mason, Carole Lamerton & John Courtney, Alf Moufarrige AO, Elizabeth Ramsden, Susan Rothwell, Denis Savill, Penelope Seidler AM, Barbara Gole (in memory of), Denyse Spice, Georgie Taylor, Max & Nola Tegel, Ruth Vincent


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Tony Tuckson

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Shown in 7 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 8 publications


Renée Free, Geoffrey Legge and Daniel Thomas AM, Tony Tuckson, Sydney, 1989, 110 (colour illus.) (plate 129), 129 (colour illus.) (plate 141), 200, 184. 64

Renée Free, Geoffrey Legge and Daniel Thomas AM, Tony Tuckson, Sydney, 2006, 34 (illus.) (figure 21), 129 (colour illus.) (plate 141), 200, 220.

Mervyn Horton (Editor), Art and Australia (vol. 12, no. 2), Sydney, Oct 1974-Dec 1974, 164 (illus.).

Terence Maloon, Tony Tuckson paintings 1949-1970, 1984, front cover (colour illus.), 29 (illus.). 26

Terence Maloon and Tim Fisher, Painting forever: Tony Tuckson, Canberra, 2000, 47 (colour illus.), 62. 49

Denise Mimmocchi (Editor), Tony Tuckson, Sydney, 2018, 45, 46-47 (colour illus.) (detail), 66, 117 (colour illus.), 208, 223.

Daniel Thomas AM, Tony Tuckson 1921-1973, Sydney, 1976, 29, 45 (illus.). 70

50 years of the National Art School : a retrospective exhibition of major works by past students and staff of the National Art School, Paddington, 1974, n.p. (illus.). 48 (as 'Yellow and white' in error)