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Charles Lloyd Tucker, Victoria Street, 1950 (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
A temporary exhibition centred around prolific artist Charles Lloyd Tucker opens at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art (Photograph supplied)

A trailblazing Bermudian artist will be honoured with an exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of his death.

The Charles Lloyd Tucker Exhibition will be open at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art until September and will include several of his watercolour, oil paint and pen and ink drawings, which depict the natural beauty of Bermuda.

Risa Hunter, the executive director, said: “Visiting the exhibition, one will see the talent of Mr Tucker as an artist who captured our island, our people and our culture in a distinctive and compelling way.”

She added: “What I find so fascinating about Mr Tucker was his dynamic personality and multifaceted interests in not only art, but beekeeping, his family, socio-economic issues on the island and his care in teaching the next generation of artists and leaders in Bermuda.

“He has such a legacy not only as a painter but as a Bermudian, and his talents continue to give back to our community even fifty years on.”

Mr Tucker became the first art teacher at Berkeley Institute in 1954 and stayed in the position until his death in 1971.

He was also one of the founding members of the Bermuda Society of Arts and had his work exhibited both in Bermuda and across the East Coast of the United States.

Much of Mr Tucker’s work includes both urban and natural landscapes and depicts the changing social structures in Bermuda during the 1950s and 1960s.

Charles Lloyd Tucker, Hamilton Hotel after the 1958 fire. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Tom Butterfield, the founder of Masterworks, said: “At the outset of creating a collection, the notion was to include all artists from home or abroad whose muse was Bermuda, with an open mind to interpretation.

“How fortunate to be given the work of Charles Lloyd Tucker – it played a pivotal role of inclusion, trust, a broad base of support, a prophet of the benefits of education and the legacy of Charles Lloyd Tucker.

“If Bermuda is in search of a hero, look no further.”

Mr Tucker was born in 1913 to Eda Louise and John Edgar Tucker and was one of eight children.

He attended Temperance Hall Primary School and Excelsior Secondary School before graduating from the Berkeley Institute in 1933.

Mr Tucker briefly attended the Guildhall School of Music and Dramatic Arts in London to pursue a career in music, but his time was cut short by the start of the Second World War in 1939.

He returned to the island to play at several venues, including the Castle Harbour Hotel, and taught private piano lessons before attending the Byam Shaw School of Art in London.

While overseas, Mr Tucker helped paint a mural in the Bishop of London’s private chapel at Fulham Palace and studied watercolour under Hans Hermann Hagedorn in Hamburg, Germany.

Charles Lloyd Tucker, Portrait of Ada, 1945 (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Kathleen Kemsley Bell, Charles Lloyd Tucker, 1989
Charles Lloyd Tucker Show (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Illusion and Abstraction Capturing the Landscape: Charles Lloyd Tucker, Flatts Hill (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published July 01, 2021 at 7:56 am (Updated July 01, 2021 at 7:56 am)

Show celebrates trailblazing artist Charles Lloyd Tucker

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