Luc Tymans in Conversation with Adrian Locke, The Geological Society, Piccadilly

Luc Tuymans discussed his distinguished career as a contemporary painter, as well as his curation of the James Ensor exhibition, with Senior Curator Adrian Locke.

Since the late 1970s, Tuymans’s easily-recognisable, sparsely-coloured figurative canvases have redefined the traditional genres of the everyday and history painting. Drawing in part on influences which range from Flemish Old Master painting to the contemporary mass media, his works are almost always painted from pre-existing imagery and produced in distinct, thematic series.

Points that Tymans made that particularly interested me concerned commenting on Gerhard Richter as a process based artist. Tymans also talked about how he used photography as reference and felt that photography as a medium was in the moment whereas video and painting were about layers and reworking and the ability to keep altering something. The paint and therefore a painting was always within the fine art debate. It has never been in the same debate as the ready mades, for example. 

With relation to James Ensor Tymans pointed out that he was also another artist that used the photograph as source material for his paintings. Delving deeper into the photography debate Tymans also commented on how he has grown up with television and this given rise to visual overload, but with the advent of current technology this has become exponential.