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In the 1960s William Tucker was one of the pioneers of abstract sculpture in Britain. However, by the 1980s, he had abandoned his technique of assembling works out of steel and timber and began modelling directly in plaster and clay. He developed a new interest in the human form, which was directly linked to his change in technique. Tucker observed that ‘modelling is the most direct way of understanding the human body’. Here the rugged, lumpen surface of the sleeping musician’s face recalls the heavy features of Picasso’s monumental painted and sculpted figures.

William Tucker was born in Cairo in 1935. He grew up in Britain and now lives in the United States.

August 2004