William Tucker, Oedipus 1, 2014. Plaster, 40 x 54 x 20 cm.

William Tucker


Pangolin London

William Tucker’s monumental bronze sculptures are incredibly difficult to reproduce in photographs. Despite careful lighting and the judicious use of close-ups, most catalogues do not succeed in being more than an aide-mémoire. The camera struggles to do these works justice because of their scale and their intricate surfaces, which are, by turns, both craggy and sensuously undulating. It is only by encountering them in person that the viewer is able to conceive of them as anything more than “lumps.” Moving from viewing Tucker’s works in reproduction to experiencing them in the flesh is only the first stage of the viewer’s journey. …see the entire review in the print version of September’s Sculpture magazine.