Jude Tucker is a sculptor based in south Warwickshire near Stratford upon Avon. At present she works exclusively with stone, and her flowing forms celebrate the beauty found in the natural world
She has always worked as an artist and has explored many different mediums, including ceramics, printmaking and large charcoal drawings. In 2003, in an attempt to recover from a period of ‘artist’s block’, she visited Portland with one of her daughters to spend a week carving Portland Stone in Tout Quarry. That marked the beginning of her life as a stone carver.
After a year studying stonemasonry in Bath, Jude re-located to London to study a two year postgraduate course in stone carving at the City and Guilds of London Art College. Whilst there she had the opportunity to design and carve two replacement grotesques for St. George’s Chapel in Windsor.
Since then, her work has continued to evolve and her work has many aspects of stone carving from large scale garden pieces to delicate and intricate relief work and letter cutting. Jude has developed a particular artistic affinity with Alabaster and her work using this medium always beautifully captures the translucent majesty of this mineral.
In 2011 Jude was awarded the Bernard Noble Foundation Sculpture Prize. Her large sculpture ‘Wavespell’ was unveiled in the small medieval village of Colletta in Liguria, Italy in April 2012. ‘Wavespell’ is carved in Ancaster stone, a multi-hued limestone that is coloured with ochres, pinks and grey-blues.
Since 2006 Jude has been represented by Jaggedart Gallery, London and she has also been a regular participant at Onform Sculpture held every two years at Asthall Manor and an annual exhibitor at COLLECT, the premier event for craft in Britain taking place in London’s prestigious Saatchi Gallery..
“The best of Jude’s work manages to be both representative and general, sometimes of flora and at others of fauna, always both earthy and universal, always elemental, alive. It captures her personality, which is to say it is grounded in the everyday organic stuff of life yet open to ideas and somehow reflective of people’s greater aspirations.”