Luc Tuymans

Luc Tuymans was born in 1958 in Mortsel, Belgium. Luc Tuymans’s chosen medium is painting, through which he addresses the media imagination, taking inspiration from newpapers and television programmes. He has recently used images taken from the web or photographs of people taken with his phone, which he then prints and photographs again repeatedly. His paintings, never excessive, are based on gray tones or pale pastel colours. In his work, Luc Tuymans is not afraid of confronting history and current affairs: he addresses controversial themes such as the great American dream, the disappointment resulting from neo-Imperialistic efforts, the horror of Nazism, the post-colonialist developments involving Belgium in the Congo, or American politics. Luc Tuymans addressed this last theme with an extraordinary portrait of Condoleeza Rice, in which she is shown at the same time approachable and detached.