Great Painter: Luc Tuymans

Belgian artist Luc Tuymans is widely seen as having contributed to the revival of painting in the 1990s. His sparsely-colored, figurative works speak in a quiet, restrained, and at times unsettling voice, and are typically painted from pre-existing imagery which includes photographs and video stills. His canvases, in turn, become third- degree abstractions from reality and often appear slightly out-of-focus, as if covered by a thin veil or painted from a failing memory. There is almost always a darker undercurrent to what at first appear to be innocuous subjects. Technically speaking, he keeps the paint loose and uses broad stroke. The technique feels fresh and adds to the mystery of whatever it is that’s going on.






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About Cate

Cate is a former decorating editor of a shelter magazine based in Manhattan, who has recently moved from the Big Apple to Charlottesville with husband and baby. An interior design enthusiast, she enjoys all things aesthetic.
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2 Responses to Great Painter: Luc Tuymans

  1. This work has me really intrigued and inspired to learn more about the artist. Thanks for the great post Cate.

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