Luc Tuymans

Luc Tuymans’ paintings have a characteristically uneasy style of blurred images in a palette of washed-out pastels, cool greys and flat whites. The reductive colour scheme and out-of-focus figural images reference traces of memory, haunting traumas and serve to be elusive of meaning. The series Diagnostische Blick (1992) based on images taken from a medical handbook capture eerie, dislocated subjects much like frozen images from television screens. Several American films from 2008 including “There Will Be Blood” and “No Country for Old Men” influenced his recent reductive works. His Against the Day I and Against the Day II, a diptych that pictures a gardener digging, captures the effect of pressing pause on a TV remote control. The diversity of Tuymans’ banal subject matter and varied source material drawn from photography, film and television reflect a sense of anxiety and impending doom.