The Tucker portraits

National Exhibition Register

  • Joy and friends
    Albert Tucker Joy and friends, c. 1983
    oil on composition board
    81.5 x 122 cm
    Image Credit
    © Albert & Barbara Tucker Foundation Courtesy of Smith & Singer Fine Art

About the exhibition

The Museum of Australian Photography is currently seeking expressions of interest for our new travelling exhibition, The Tucker portraits. Albert Tucker (1914–99) is one of Australia’s most well-known and renowned artists, and a key exponent of Australian modernism. He was primarily a figurative painter who critically responded to the world around him. In 1939 Tucker acquired his first camera. From that moment on he began documenting his life and the people and places that meant so much to him. His archive of photographs range from studies of people that he used as source material for his paintings through to incredibly rare and intimate portraits of his family and friends who today are recognised as leading protagonists in Australian modernism and the Heide circle. The Tucker portraits explores how Tucker used photography within his practice – from inspiration and source material for his paintings through to capturing unique and intimate documents that explore the social, cultural and political life in Australia. This exhibition is accompanied by a publication. MAPh would like to acknowledge the following exhibition supporter: The Albert & Barbara Tucker Foundation

Artists and Curator

Anouska Phizacklea

Albert Tucker and peers

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
01/05/2024 - 01/05/2028
Exhibition size
Between 50-75 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
Museum of Australian Photography
$5,000 (exc. freight)
Web Site
Other materials
Exhibition materials include exhibition labels, extended texts, a tour manual comprising installation instructions and condition reports and a media kit with approved press images and media release text. MAPh curatorial or education staff are available for floor talks and public programs by prior arrangement
Primary contact
Eloise Crossman
Museum of Australian Photography
03 8544 0500