Carla Tucker

Carla Tucker’s painting is inspired by modernist principles of strong design and simplified form. Painted from observation, Tucker often use a bird’s eye view, allowing the subject matter to fill the picture plane which provides an opportunity to emphasise pattern. Still life set ups are laid out considering composition, pattern, light & tone. The objects in the painting; fruit, plants, vases & postcards of famous masters’ works are paired together for reasons which may not seem immediately obvious but are linked by their elements. The subjects are painted in a solid, stylised way emphasising their sculptural shapes. This is also created by layered paint application. Tucker also utilises reflections which adds another dimension & provides an opportunity to explore abstract shapes. Seasonal flowers also feature in her work & often provide the inspiration for a set up. Many of the pieces in the still life are vintage shop finds. It’s an ever expanding collection!

“Creativity, observation & a general awe of all things beautiful have been a part of my life always. I studied drawing & watercolour throughout school & graduated winning the school award for excellence in art. I have a degree in Textile Design from RMIT and worked in the fashion & textile industry for many years. Whilst I have always had creative projects on the go, in the last 5 years, I have focused on oil painting full time. I aim to describe light, form & tone in a considered & harmonious way in still life paintings. I have undertaken many courses & workshops at both Australian & overseas studios and continual research to further my practice. The portrait of my daughter Zoe was selected as a semi-finalist in the Darling Portrait Prize”.


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