Tucker Eason Biography
Born and raised in Colorado, Tucker Eason moved to California to receive his BFA from Occidental College and the Art Center College of Design. With Graphite and Charcoal as his primary medium in undergrad, Eason worked in mural sized portraiture and only after graduation did he begin to experiment with oil. From his studio in East Oakland Tucker explores themes of abstraction, scale, and human experience through his varied portraiture work. Since living in the Bay Area he has various shows including a piece at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco. My work is an excavation of human experience through contemporary portraiture. The oil paintings evoke ideas of intimacy, vulnerability, and integrity with classical undertones and honest familiarity. Utilizing elements of collage, abstraction, and objects as stand-ins for traditional subjects, my oil paintings rethink traditional portraiture by shifting focus from literal representation to the idea of person as a whole. I
am interested in capturing and relaying honesty. In my Inspiring Men series I relate to the models the monumental impact they have had on shaping the individual I am today. Negating heteronormative masculinity and reaching out from a place of vulnerability invites the model to show up to the piece with a sensitivity and love that is often hard to capture and share. I am interested in the raw expression of humanity. Objects as people To combat the diminishing effects of representation, I have been using objects as stand-ins for my model to hold them in a more honest light. For example, the piece attached along with this application -
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Dedicated to true expression through the arts.