Painting Forever: Tony Tuckson
Tony Tuckson No title (Small abstract gouche) c.1956 gouache on paper Collection of Margaret Tuckson more detail
An exhibition such as this is only possible through the cooperation and generosity of many people. The Director of the National Gallery of Australia, Dr Brian Kennedy, and Ron Ramsey, General Manager, Access Services, enthusiastically supported the exhibition from the outset; and Belinda Cotton from the Gallery’s Travelling Exhibitions Program has been a tireless worker and project manager.
Many collectors have parted with precious paintings and drawings for a significant period. I am very grateful to Rob and Carole Andrew, Graham Budd and Josephine Bastian, John Cruthers, James Fairfax, Renée and Keith Free, Richard Frolich, Geoffrey Hassall, Diane Losche, Patricia May, Richard McMillan, Jon Plapp, Dick Richards, Michael Tuckson, Ross and Susie Tzannes, Guy and Joy Warren, Frank Watters and Geoffrey Legge from Watters Gallery who have done more than anyone to keep the Tuckson flag flying.
Their combined energy and enthusiasm has underpinned and driven the development of the exhibition. The Art Gallery of South Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, the Newcastle Region Art Gallery, the University of Sydney Art Collection, the UTS Broadway Art Collection and the Chartwell Collection at the Auckland Art Gallery/Toi o Tamaki, have also readily parted with major works, many of which are vital parts of their permanent displays.
Finally I would like to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of Margaret Tuckson towards this exhibition. Without her warm hospitality, generosity, detailed cataloguing, energy and enthusiasm this exhibition would not have been possible. It was a privilege to work with her on the realisation of a long held dream.