(born 1958) is a Belgian contemporary artist
, considered one of today's most influential painters.
Tuymans was born in Mortsel, Belgium. He began to study fine art at the Sint-Lukasinstituut in Brussels in 1976, and subsequently also studied art history at Vrije Universiteit in Brussels. He first exhibited in 1985. His first U.S. exhibition was at The Renaissance Society in Chicago in 1995.
Tuymans' work is figurative and makes extensive use of techniques from photography, television and film, such as cropping, framing, sequencing and (sometimes extreme) close-ups. His palette usually tends toward monochrome. Subjects of his paintings range from the historic, for example covering the Holocaust or colonial politics in Belgian Congo, to the very banal, depicting everyday objects. Some of his paintings represent abstract emotions. For a while he abandoned painting completely to make films.
Tuymans lives and works in Antwerp. Recently some of his work has been exhibited in "The Triumph of Painting" exhibition in the Saatchi Gallery in London.
Tuymans is married to a Venezuelan artist, Carla Arocha, recent exhibitions at the Chicago Institute of Art, Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago and Andre Schlechtriem Gallery, New York.
- Zeno X Gallery - Luc Tuymans images, biography and cv.
- Tate Modern - Luc Tuymans, providing background for his solo exhibition at Tate Modern, Summer 2004
- David Zwirner Gallery - Luc Tuymans, gallery in New York City representing his work
- The Saatchi Gallery - Luc Tuymans, Gallery In London with images, information, text and biography about Luc Tuymans
- CNN interview with Luc Tuymans
- Tuymans-prints.com, Website dedicated to Luc Tuymans graphic works and editions
- The Museum of Modern Art Collection
- The Tate Collection
- TATE ETC. - A conversation between Peter Doig, Chris Ofili, Paulina Olowska and Adrian Searle about Luc Tuymans and his solo exhibition at Tate Modern.
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