Jim Tucker trained at Reigate School of Art & Design and worked for some years as a designer, including work with Guildford Design Studios and Ray Tuff Greetings Cards. He also worked as an Art Therapist at Netherne Psychiatric Unit before (for the last thirty odd years) becoming a full-time artist.
Jim’s work has developed from an interest in the aesthetic of urban and natural decay. While working with patients at the psychiatric unit, he discovered the potential of found objects as a medium for his own self-expression. The materials he uses are largely collected from beaches, skips and building sites etc. His work is non-representational and is concerned with displaying colour relationships and surface quality, letting the materials speak for themselves. It has been described as an art form midway between painting and sculpture, in which the tensions between the sensuous and the austere, is of paramount importance to the successful resolution of the piece.
Recent exhibitions include the Quay Art Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight, Stables Art Gallery, Hastings, Trinity Art Centre, Tunbridge Wells, Reigate Art School and the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Mill Studio.