Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/rokcommon/RokCommon/Registry.php on line 381

Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/rokcommon/RokCommon/Registry.php on line 394
isiiad - Archibald Finalist- Kate Tucker

Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/gantry/core/utilities/gantryregistry.class.php on line 326

Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/gantry/core/utilities/gantryregistry.class.php on line 339

Archibald Finalist- Kate Tucker

Kate_Tucker_copy

Kate Tucker Melody (you’re the only one who saves me) – portrait of Missy Higgins, 2012  acrylic on linen, 155 x 125cm © Kate Tucker Archibald Finalist 2012

To get in the mood for this one, I suggest you click on this link to Kate Tucker and Missy Higgins interview with the inimitable Annabel Crabb, talking about Kate's 2012 Archibald Prize shortlisted portrait of Missy Higgins. While Annabel's questions concentrate on the process of creation and the structure of this oh so gorgeous portrait...fascinating stuff without a doubt...the thing that struck me most during the interview was the moment that Kate said "It felt like an expression of our friendship."

With this portrait, she's certainly succeeded in expressing friendship.  There is such gentle warmth about this work, a bit like the experience of friendship really. Kate knows Missy well. From the moment she painted the fence at Missy's home in Melbourne, the two have formed the sort of friendship that is marked by mutual respect, thoughtful interactions and just the odd bit of fun.  It's all there on this canvas. 

Kate qualifies as a local, given that she visits her weekender in the hills above Healesville as often as she can.  It was here that she observed Missy in the pose for the portrait. The pose was then recreated for the sittings in Kate's studio in Melbourne. Even though Missy's face is in profile, she is immediately recognizable.  Kate has placed her in an abstracted background using colour and the placement of colour to demonstrate Missy's dark and turbulent years as well as her more recent expansive phase. It's no accident that Missy is looking calmly and resolutely into a bright 'future', given the recent recording of her new album and a strengthened sense of her own musical destiny.

Kate and Missy's original meeting has spawned not only Kate's Archibald shortlisting but also a collaboration with Missy to do the artwork for her about-to-be-released cd cover for The Ol' Razzle Dazzle.  Her work also inspired a video clip for Missy's new single Unashamed Desire ( You'll see Kate's influence in the use of 'irregular confetti' in the clip.) I have it on the best authority that the same director as worked with Gotye on his sensational clip for Somebody That I Used to Know, Natasha Pincus, worked with Missy on this clip.

I had the great pleasure of meeting Kate at her current exhibition Symphonic Encounters at the Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts in St Kilda a couple of weeks ago. In conversation, I was struck by her admiration for Missy, not simply because she's a mega talent but because she also has an ability for thoughtful reflection and a deeply felt intention to behave with integrity in the world. While I have no doubt that all of that is true of Missy Higgins, I suspect that the same could be said of Kate herself.

Kate_Tucker_2

Kate_Tucker_3

kate_Tucker_5

Kate_Tucker_6

Kate's exhibition at Linden Gallery closes on 24th June.

Kate is represented by Helen Gory Galerie.  All work in this post is ©Kate Tucker.

The 2012 Archibald Prize is being opened by John Wood on the 9th of June at TarraWarra Museum of Art. It's been a pretty bleak wet Melbourne day today, but writing this blog and looking forward to a trip out to TWMA for the preview and opening of the Archibald later on this week, has lent a lovely little bit of sunshine to my day.

Stay tuned to Isiiad, next up is the incomparable Michael Peck.


Parent Category: Arts
Facebook Image

Zhong Chen

Zhong Chen Zhong Chen © Self-portrait on a horse. Finalist 2011 Archibald Prize. Standing in front of Zhong Chen's self portrait at the 2011 Archibald at Tarrawarra Museum of Art,… More…

Malcolm Peel's labyrinthine studio reflects his work.

Malcolm Peel's labyrinthine studio reflects his work. Labyrinth is the best word to describe Malcolm Peel's studio. 'Invitations' to walk up and down the corridors and explore the… More…

Painter,sculptor Antonio Villella

Painter, sculptor Antonio Villella I was so excited when the invitation came through to Antonio Villella's exhibition. You might remember him from the Yarra Valley Open… More…

2012 Not The Archies-Peter Allen

2012 Not The Archies winner- Peter Allen You could be forgiven for wondering if I'm still not over the Archibald and am having yet another 'farewell' moment with this portrait.… More…

A 'Clandestine' Exhibition

A 'Clandestine' Exhibition ...those words pretty much sum this one up! ACME et al have done it again. They've put on an exhibition that's a little bit of 'naughty' and a lot of… More…

Three Stories Artspace

 Three Stories Artspace Here's a wonderful place in the middle of the Yarra Valley. Three Stories Artspace. Under the creative watch of Ali Griffin, it's a mecca for local… More…

Xenia's Progress

Xenia's Progress Xenia Stefanescu is certainly having a bumper year. She has just been made a finalist in yet another competition (2011 Maritime Art Prize), with this painting.… More…

Archibald Finalist- Kate Tucker

Archibald Finalist- Kate Tucker Kate Tucker Melody (you’re the only one who saves me) – portrait of Missy Higgins, 2012 acrylic on linen, 155 x 125cm © Kate Tucker Archibald… More…

Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition and Awards 2011

Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition and Awards 2011 Anna-Maria Plescia©, Anew, Calico and toothpicks, 152x50x25cm. (Detail) I've got one word for you about the Yering Station… More…

Alistair Whyte

Alistair Whyte I mentioned in the Tim Peel blog that the Yarra Valley Open Studio Program inspired the birth of Isiiad. It was Alistair Whyte's work that drew me to explore that… More…

Justin Purser

Justin Purser. Sometimes I'm really driven to meet an artist or artisan and things will conspire to make that happen. That was certainly the case with Justin Purser. I first saw… More…

Hamish Knox

Hamish Knox at Christmas Hills. I first met Hamish Knox via a phone call. At one stage, while looking for my little piece of heaven in Warrandyte, I was toying with the idea of… More…

Raelene Sharp and that Archibald Packing Room Prize

Raelene Sharp and that Archibald Packing Room Prize Raelene Sharp, A strength of character, oil on canvas, 132 x 132cm. ©Raelene Sharp Winner of the Archibald Packing Room Prize… More…

Sioux Dollman

Sioux Dollman In the case of this Yarra Valley Open Studio artist, it's all about the house. As these photos will attest, Sioux Dollman has applied her background in sculpture to… More…

Not the Archies-Award Night.

Not the Archies-Awards Night On Wednesday night hundreds of people from the Yarra Valley gathered in the Ballroom at the RACV Club in Healesville for the presentation of the Not… More…

HCAS + Food

HCAS + Food = Happiness What a winning formula! The Yarra Valley does it again! The Healesville Contemporary Art Space marries food and art to perfection. I know I've gushed about… More…

Margaret McLoughlin

Margaret McLoughlin Margaret McLoughlin is experimenting with encaustic painting. This series of three encaustic paintings on board, are among her first explorations in this… More…

Farewell the Archibald

Farewell the Archibald Juan Ford Ultrapilgrim, oil on linen, 168cm x 214cm © Juan Ford Archibald Finalist 2012 The 2012 Archibald closed at TarraWarra Museum of Art on the 8th of… More…

Frogponds Road

Frogponds Rd. Frogponds Road in the Yarra Valley offered some great photo opportunities earlier this year. This iconic double fronted brick veneer, with gumtree, was one of them.… More…

Ember Fairbairn is at Art Melbourne

Special Offer...Free Tickets to Art Melbourne Isiiad is offering free tickets to Art Melbourne Friday 25th May, for two lucky people. To enter...go to Isiiad's facebook page...if… More…

Copyright

THIS ENTIRE SITE © 2010-2012 ISIIAD. ALL OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS AND WRITTEN MATERIAL HEREIN, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, ARE COPYRIGHTED BY ISIIAD. NO PART OF THIS SITE, OR ANY OF THE CONTENT CONTAINED HEREIN, MAY BE USED OR REPRODUCED IN ANY MANNER WHATSOEVER WITHOUT EXPRESS PERMISSION OF THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER.