W. Tucker was born in July of 1959 in Goldsboro, North Carolina. He began drawing and painting in 1986.
Tucker’s mixed media works possess a profound duality, highlighting the integral relationship between the base material on which he paints, and the subject depicted on the surface. His works are a palimpsest of found materials, layered with numerous mediums including charcoal, watercolor, graphite, resin, ink, and oil. Created by his non-dominant hand, Tucker’s works acquire an element of innocence and child-like purity, providing a new interpretation of discarded, old materials.
Tucker has been represented in the US by galleries in Los Angeles, Seattle, Dallas, Houston, and Austin, and he has had exhibitions in various locations in Switzerland. His work has been published in volume number 67 and 102 of New American Paintings, a juried show in print. Residencies have included a stay in 1991 at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in Temecula, California, and the Fountainhead Residency in Miami in 2008. For the 2012-13 season, Tucker was awarded Austin Critics’ Table Award for “Best Installation” as well as “Artist of the Year” for his installation at Texas State University. He attended Circle in the Square through New York University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama in 1982.
W. Tucker lives and works in Austin, Texas.