Louise Tuckwell

Yellow Cake by Louise Tuckwell

Yellow Cake 2011
acrylic on canvas
51 x 76 cm (diptych)

Brief biography

Louise Tuckwell, a Sydney-based artist, has been exhibiting since 1982, during which time she has had more than nine solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions in Australia. She graduated from the National Art School in Sydney in 1986. Her work is represented in many public and private collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; and the New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale. In 1986, she won the NSW Travelling Art Scholarship and, in 1984, she won the Sydney Morning Herald Art Prize.

About the work

Although Louise Tuckwell began her career as a figurative painter, she turned her back on its romanticism to look towards a more reductive form of painting, that of hard edge abstraction. To complement her paintings, Tuckwell creates neatly lawned small tapestries and collages. Yellow cake, 2011, encapsulates her imperative to break down forms; to combine the clear composition of geometric abstraction with the intense colour and bold unitary forms of colour field painting.

Yellow cake was inspired by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2010. In it, we see an economy of form, fullness of colour, impersonal execution and smooth surface planes. Tuckwell deliberately uses acrylic paint for its flat mat properties and erasure of brushstrokes, creating a screen-print effect. The diptych becomes a unit; forms extend the length of the painting, and are restricted to three or four tones. The result of this sparseness is that the spatial effect of figures on a field is avoided. A colourist and skilled painter, Tuckwell builds up thin layers of acrylic paint to create richly coloured shapes that she juxtaposes with others without masking off, relying on the skill of her steady hand to create harmonious paintings.

Work in the Allens collection

Yellow Cake, 2011
acrylic on canvas, 51cm x 76cm (diptych)