69 Capel Street, West Melbourne VIC 3003

Open 12pm-5pm, Thursday - Sunday

Disability Access: KINGS Artist-Run is a wheelchair accessible venue. Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair accessible toilet. Please contact the gallery with any access requirements and we will endeavour to support your visit.

Email ›
Facebook ›
Twitter ›
Instagram ›

Subscribe To Our Newsletter


Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
More information ›

KINGS Artist-Run acknowledges the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people.

Horse Sense

Jessie Willow Tucker

05 March 2016–26 March 2016

In Jessie Willow Tucker’s work the issue of taste reoccurs, particularly the line between fine art, kitsch and design. With Horse Sense, she creates an installation comprised of a group of paintings in decorative frames, presented in front of wallpaper that features collaged elements from the paintings. By positioning her paintings in a decorative context she aims to draw attention to the uncomfortable relationship between High and Low Art. The content of the paintings is simultaneously authentically emotional and self-consciously kitsch. This work represents a continuation of Tucker’s exploration of water as a metaphor for emotions. Her hyper-atmospheric water scenes evolve from a painting process that is both therapeutic and celebratory. Saturated with fantasy, they are almost devotional in their unreality. But each work also contains a graphic mark from the popular culture lexicon. The aesthetic and conceptual contrast between these elements is central to the work, as each calls the other into question. Despite the heady joys of painting and personal symbolism, the Artist is continuously pulled back to the surface.

See all projects by:

  • Jessie Willow Tucker is a visual artist who dreams about water. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (painting) from RMIT and a Post Graduate Diploma in Theatre Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts. She is currently studying a Masters Of Teaching Secondary (visual art).