Born and raised in the countryside of New Zealand, Briar Tucker developed a passionate imagination and pursued her creativity through acting and art. During her schooling, her enthusiasm for art grew, taking up painting and photography. Upon leaving college she attended Elam School of Fine Art in Auckland, New Zealand. After graduating with a BFA in 2007 she continued to reside in Auckland to further cultivate the experimental painting she had begun in her final year. During this time she exhibited work and curated joint shows with veteran Elam artist Peter Reid. However, with a deep desire to travel and explore the world she traded in her paints and canvas for a plane ticket. For almost a decade Briar travelled and lived in several countries, experiencing new cultures, languages and ways of living, gathering ideas, philosophies and new perspectives.
While residing in Vietnam in 2017 Briar decided to reestablish her art practice, but due to spatial restrictions and having been inspired by the incredible work of Zaria Forman, she decided to return to realist drawing. Using soft pastels for the first time, she found a special affinity with the medium so persevered in developing her skills.
In the early stages, her work focused around technique. Colour and light being integral elements which she explored, seeking to create drawings that utilise the dynamic qualities inherently found within them.
Today her work still applies these foundations while becoming directed towards her curiosity for the human psyche; the nature of emotions, behaviours, the conscious and unconscious mind, and how to employ these fundamentals in human nature in order to provoke emotional responses.
She has been exhibiting work since the beginning of 2019 and has already gained exposure in national and international competitions, has attended artist residencies in China and has artworks in private collections in China and New Zealand.