Brad Tucker (born 1965, West Covina, CA) makes sculpture, video, works on paper and paintings that call to mind the 90s and aughts visual culture of suburban skate parks, college garage bands, and Richard Linklater’s Slaker. His work is rooted in his own unique brand of offbeat humor as well as quirky abstraction, deft language play, and raw performance. His works’ low materials such as foam and crudely painted plywood seem to invite the viewer to have as much fun as he is having, but a serious attention to art history, particularly minimalism, Fluxus, and postmodern performance, undergird and complicate his practice.
Brad Tucker earned a BFA from the University of North Texas, Denton (1991) and an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (2009). Tucker has exhibited and performed internationally for the past two decades, including solo exhibitions at Inman Gallery, Houston, TX (2015, 2012, and 2009); Re Gallery, Dallas, Texas (2015); and Old Jail Art Center, Albany TX (2013).
From 1999-2000 Tucker was an artist resident in the Core Program, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX. His work is included in the public collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; the Menil Collection, Houston, TX; the New Museum, New York, NY; and the Plains Museum, Fargo, ND.
Tucker lives and works in Austin, TX.