Creativity, observation and a general awe of all things beautiful have always been a part of Carla Tucker’s life. Carla studied drawing and watercolour throughout school and graduated winning the school award for excellence in art. She holds a degree in Textile Design from RMIT and worked in the fashion & textile industry for many years, and for the last 5 years has focused on oil painting full time. It is her aim to describe light, form and tone in a considered and harmonious way in still life paintings. She has undertaken many courses and workshops at both Australian and overseas studios and continual research to further her practice. Her portrait of daughter Zoe was selected as a semi-finalist in the Darling Portrait Prize.
“Inspired by the Australian Modernist painter Alison Rehfisch, I explore modernist principles of form and design. Painted from observation, I often use a bird’s eye view, allowing the subject matter to fill the picture plane which provides an opportunity to emphasise pattern. I lay out the still life set up considering composition, pattern, light & tone. The objects in the painting; fruit, plants, vases & postcards of famous masters works are paired together for reasons which may not seem immediately obvious but are linked by their elements; Picasso’s bathers’ solid classical forms are echoed in the vase, succulents & melons laid out on the tray. Objects are painted in a solid, stylised way emphasising their sculptural shapes. This is also created by layered paint application. I also utilise reflections which adds another dimension & provides an opportunity to explore abstract shapes. Seasonal flowers also feature in my work & often provide the inspiration for a set up. Many of the pieces in the still life are vintage shop finds. It’s an ever expanding collection!”
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