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

2021 Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX
2021 Tayloe Piggott, Jackson, WY
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