WILLIAM TUCK
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The work I am doing at the moment is very loosely based around old master
paintings and subjects, especially involving classical mythology. I often base
the composition on an existing painting and set up tableaux with cheap toys
and other accessories, then photograph and paint it. I am drawn to using
toys as I like the contrast between the often grandiose nature of the subject
and the pathos of the small figures. The parallel between the fantasy worlds
which both inhabit also interests me, bringing up ideas surrounding the role
of ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture in society. My use of the airbrush perhaps also
reflects this to some extent, although the type of surface the airbrush
produces is also very important to me.
Education

2002 - 2005   The Royal Academy Schools   PGdip, Fine Art
1998 - 2001   Wimbledon School Of Art   BA(hons), Painting
1997 - 1998   Cambridge Regional College   BTEC, Foundation Studies


Exhibitions

‘Artistic Vandals’, Nomoregrey Gallery, London, October 2006
‘Transcription’,  Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London, Aug-Sep 2006
BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London, June-Sep 2006
Royal Academy Summer Show, Royal Academy of Arts, London, June-Aug 2006
‘Fantasy Stories’,  Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London,  Dec 2005-Jan 2006
‘Three Graduates’ Marksman Gallery, Reading, Nov-Dec 2005
‘Retrospective’, Hills Road College, Cambridge, July 2005
Royal Academy Diploma Show, Royal Academy of Arts, London, June 2005
Royal Academy Summer Show, Royal Academy of Arts, London,  June-Aug 2005
‘The Superlative Show’ ‘A’ Gallery, London, September 2004
Royal Academy Summer Show, Royal Academy of Arts, London, June-Aug 2004
‘Premiums’ Interim Show, Royal Academy of Arts, London, March 2004
‘Not The Turner Prize’,   The Mall Gallery, London, July 2003
‘Noumena,’   Studio Voltaire, London, February 2002
Graduates Show, Stroud House Gallery, Stroud, Aug-Sep 2001
‘Recent Graduates’,  ‘A’ Gallery, London, July-Aug 2001
BA(hons) Degree Show, Wimbledon School of Art, London, June 2001