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synthetic polymer and enamel paint on composition board
(a-b) 213.5 × 244.0 cm (overall)
Place/s of Execution
Sydney, New South Wales
(b) inscribed in fibre-tipped pen on reverse u.r.: No. 71 F.W
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with funds donated by Loti Smorgon AO and Victor Smorgon AC, 2011
© Tony Tuckson/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Gallery 8
Level 2, NGV Australia
As deputy director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Tony Tuckson was reticent about drawing attention to his activities as a painter, and held only two solo exhibitions during his lifetime. Produced towards the end of his life, this painting was included in the second of these showings at Watters Gallery, Sydney in 1973. The scale of the panels used by Tuckson demanded an intensely physical way of working and the broad brush strokes of white paint over yellow, with splashes and dribbles of red and black, speak of the frenetic energy of its creation.