Albert Tucker Marking the Past

Date: 
30 June 2020 14 March 2021
Location: 
Albert & Barbara Tucker Gallery
Curator/s: 
Lili Belle Birchall

While living in Italy in the 1950s Albert Tucker embarked on a new chapter in his artistic practice. Inspired by early Christian and Renaissance art, he painted biblical narratives about resurrection, rebirth and overcoming adversity. It was a time of self-discovery that led him to explore the Australian landscape from a new perspective, relating the fissures of the outback to the idea of physical and emotional scars. It was only years later that he recognised a link between these works and his drawings of traumatised World War II soldiers. This exhibition presents a selection of Tucker’s religious paintings alongside his wounded landscapes, explorers and earlier studies of soldiers, drawing aesthetic and conceptual connections between these bodies of work.

Albert Tucker, Mourning Disciples 1955, oil on composition board, 78.5 x 127 cm, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Donated through the Australian Cultural Gifts Program by Barbara Tucker 2015, Courtesy of Smith & Singer Fine Art, © Albert & Barbara Tucker Foundation
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