Kate Tucker

Kate Tucker’s paintings shift and fracture then recombine elements in a manner that subverts expected order. Materials are manipulated so as to maintain a rawness and familiarity whilst taking on foreign characteristics. The result is a compression of stuff, physical and pictorial, where traits are swapped and shared, and the painting is located through rather than onto the surface. 

Tucker’s recent painting process has shifted towards building slab-like substrates through repetitive layering of various materials. This process emerged as a reaction to the restrictions of painting traditionally onto pre-stretched linens. Rather than working within a defined area and surface, each layer became an opportunity to change the form as well as the content of the work. The result is a series of ‘tablets’ – irregularly shaped paintings that represent an accumulation of numerous material based experiments, rather than the realisation of a pre-conceived idea. The freedom afforded by this has impacted on the way Tucker uses paint to form compositions and make marks. As paint is used to stain calico, which is then wrapped and plaited around the substrate, any painting that is done with a brush must co-habit with a different iteration of itself. Similarly, fabrics that are digitally printed with images of other works are used, sometimes images of earlier versions of the actual painting they become part of.

The ambition to marry or equalise opposing elements points back to the conundrum of making paintings in the digital age. Tucker has been attempting to transfer some of the opportunities of digital mediums across to painting and has chosen to do this through process rather than visual cues. In these works elements may be stripped of context and casually combined, but unlike in Photoshop, the physicality of the materials means the painting grows with every layer. The ambiguity of the finished surface is difficult to translate through photography, which adds a final iteration to the loop of analogue and digital.

Kate Tucker is a Melbourne-based artist. Her recent projects include solo exhibitions at Daine Singer, Galerie Pompom, Art Stage Singapore, Chapter House Lane, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Platform and Helen Gory, and group exhibitions at Sutton Projects, Dutton Gallery, Caves, Tristian Koenig, SPRING1883, Incinerator Gallery and LON Gallery. 

Tucker has been a finalist in the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Geelong Contemporary Art Prize, The Substation Prize, Albany Art Prize, Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize, The Churchie Emerging Art Prize, Geelong Acquisitive Print Awards, and The Archibald Prize. She graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2009.

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Kate Tucker (b.1980 Canberra, lives Melbourne)

2009 Graduate Diploma in Visual Art, Victorian College of the Arts
2008 Graduate Certificate in Visual Art, Victorian College of the Arts
2000-2003 Bachelor of Design in Multimedia Design, Swinburne University

Solo exhibitions
2017  Cuttings, Bus Projects, Melbourne
2016  Tablets, Daine Singer, Melbourne
2016  Unstory, Galerie Pompom, Sydney
2016  Cutaway, Chapter House Lane
2014  Emblem, c3 Contemporary Artspace, Melbourne
2014  Unstable Elements, Helen Gory Galerie, Melbourne
2014  Self similar, Rubicon ARI
2013  Recent Work, Helen Gory Galerie at Art Stage Singapore
2012  Viewfinder, Helen Gory Galerie, Melbourne
2011  Warmth and water, Platform Public Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne

Group exhibitions
2017  Young Moderns, Penrith Regional Gallery
2017  Daine Singer at Spring 1883, Sydney
2017  Dutton Gallery (New York) at Spring 1883, Sydney
2017  Arthur Guy Memorial Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery
2017  A fabled Object, Byron School of Art, NSW
2016  Painting Revealed, Sutton Projects
2016  The Hunch, Incinerator Arts Complex 2016 Concrete Agenda, c3 Contemporary Artspace
2016  Palm Reader, LON Gallery
2016  Elastic Field, Strange Neighbour
2015  Dutton Gallery (New York) at Spring 1883, Sydney
2015  Percy Grainger: In the company of strangers, Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre
2015  MAN, Tristian Koenig Gallery
2015  Cave Painting - 1, Caves Gallery
2012  Symphonic Encounters, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts
2010  Counterfeit Sanctity, C3 Contemporary Artspace, Melbourne
2009  Array, Bus Projects, Melbourne

2017  Finalist, Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery
2016  Finalist, Substation Contemporary Art Prize
2016  Finalist, Geelong Contemporary Art Prize
2015  Finalist, Albany Art Prize
2015  Finalist, Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize
2014  Finalist, The Churchie Emerging Art Prize
2013  Finalist, Geelong Acquisitive print Awards
2013  Shortlisted, 100 Painters of Tomorrow, Thames & Hudson
2012  Finalist, The Churchie Emerging Art Prize 2012 Finalist, The Archibald Prize

Selected bibliography
Laura Bannister, 'Interview with Kate Tucker', Museum Magazine, October 2017 >>
Sally Groom, 'The State of Painting', Art + Australia Online, 2017
Laura Couttie, 'Kate Tucker - Cuttings' catalogue essay, Bus Projects, Melbourne, 2017 >>
Amelia Winata, 'Kate Tucker - Tablets' catalogue essay, Daine Singer, Melbourne, 2017 >>
Dan Rule, Our pick of what’s showing at the galleries, The Age, Saturday 30th January 2016
Phip Murray, Shifting Ground - Artist Profile, Australian Art Collector July-September 2014
RRR Smartarts, Art Attack Review, Richard Watts, Tai Snaith & Ace Wagstaff, 10 July 2014
Lee Tran Lam, Kate Tucker Artist Profile, Inside Out Magazine, May/June 2014
Phip Murray, ‘Collectors Love’, Australian Art Collector, Jan-March 2013

Shepparton Art Museum
Bowerman Collection