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Tony TUCKSON

Egypt 1921 – Australia 1973

  • Australia from 1946
  • Europe, United States of America 1967-68

Watery [No.22 Watery] c.1960 Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on composition board

Dimensions: 122.2 h x 183.0 w cm Unframed 1220 h x 1830 w x 30 d mm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Margaret Tuckson 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.148
Image rights: © Tony Tuckson. Licensed by Viscopy
Provenance:
  • the artist;
  • by inheritance to Margaret Tuckson, the artist’s widow;
  • by whom given to the National Gallery of Australia, June 2002

Although Tony Tuckson is now recognised as a major painter of the postwar era in Australia, during his lifetime he rarely exhibited his work and only a close circle of family and friends knew of his painting activities.

Tuckson’s art underwent significant changes from his early figurative works of the 1940s and 1950s, through to his breakthrough in the late 1950s into his mature style of gestural abstraction. Watery is a quiet, atmospheric painting that belongs to a group of works known as Tuckson’s ‘graffiti’ paintings, completed around 1960.

It has been suggested that Watery was influenced by Tuckson’s excitement at viewing an exhibition of the nineteenth-century English artist J M W Turner in Sydney in 1960. Employing a loose and inquisitive line, Tuckson has allowed the paint to gently dribble and run down the canvas. The sparse and unstructured marks set against the muted blues, greys and pinks of the background evoke a sense of infinite space or watery depths.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010
From: Ron Radford (ed), Collection highlights: National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2008

Although Tony Tuckson is now recognised as a major painter of the postwar era in Australia, during his lifetime he rarely exhibited his work and only a close circle of family and friends knew of his painting activities.

Tuckson’s art underwent significant changes from his early figurative works of the 1940s and 50s to his breakthrough in the late 1950s into a mature style of gestural abstraction. Watery is a quiet, atmospheric painting that belongs to a group of works known as Tuckson’s ‘graffiti’ paintings, completed around 1960.

It has been suggested that Watery was influenced by Tuckson’s excitement at viewing an exhibition of the nineteenth-century English artist JMW Turner in Sydney in 1960. Employing a loose and inquisitive line, Tuckson has allowed the paint to gently dribble and run down the canvas. The sparse and unstructured marks set against the muted blues, greys and pinks of the background evoke a sense of infinite space or watery depths.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2014
From: Collection highlights: National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2014