W. Tucker



W. Tucker Artist Statement

The work begins unplanned. Line drawings, markings, painted strokes and scribbles are made with numerous mediums including oil, lumber stick, resin stick, charcoal, graphite and ink. I do the work mostly on older items that I purchase or find - such as old book covers and the pages of these books, kid's wood blocks, cabinet doors and table tops. I also work on items that I build or make - small cement pieces and standing wood or drywall/plaster boxes.

The drawings/markings are created with my non-dominant hand. The use of my left hand allows me to draw in an unpractied manner, with less fixed intention and control.

More recently the work has expanded from the 2-dimensional work to installations that include wall drawings, books and standing boxes. The wall drawings are transient, painted over when the installation is dismantled, having a beginning and an end. Books are either created or have been adapted from existing books - images are either added to the pages or pages are removed and new pages are stitched in. The boxes are an exploration of the work in 3 dimensions, of interior and exterior - a comment on what we present to the world and what we may choose to hide.

Over time I have realized that in the finished work I see aspects of our human condition - vulnerability, frailty, kindness, anger, frustration, humor, curiosity and relationship.  As well as glimpses of stories, moments, dilemmas that may represent how we approach or walk through life. 

Conduit Gallery Exhibitions


1982 BFA, Drama, New York University, New York, NY

Selected Solo Exhibitions      

2018  Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX
2017  Koelsch Haus, Houston, TX
2016  grayDuck Gallery, Austin, TX
2016  Koelsch Haus  Houston, TX
2015  Conduit Gallery, Houston, TX
2014  Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX
2013  Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX
2013  Blackbox, Austin, TX
2012  Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
2010  Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX


Group Exhibitions    

2018  grayDuck Gallery, Austin, TX
2018  Koelsch Haus, Houston, TX
2017  Dimension Gallery, Austin, TX
2017  Feast Gallery, Fayetteville, AR
2015  Koelsch Haus, Houston, TX
2014  Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX
2013  Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, TX
2011  dberman gallery, Wimberely, TX 
2010  Museo de Arte Moderno, Truijillo, Peru

Publications / Awards       

2012-2013    Austin Critics Table Awards Artist of the Year
2012  New American Paintings, No. 102, West Issue
2006  New American Paintings, No. 67, West Issue