by Luc Tuymans
This print celebrates Luc Tuymans’ curation of the exhibition Intrigue: James Ensor in 2016. As a lasting legacy of his involvement in the Royal Academy show, Tuymans produced this work in the RA Schools.
Published as an edition of 80, each print is signed and numbered by the artist.
|Dimensions||44 x 35cm|
|Fabric & material||Screenprint|
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This new limited edition print has been published by the Academy to celebrate Tuymans’ curation of Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans. As a lasting legacy of his involvement in the exhibition, Tuymans has generously made this work which has been printed in the historic RA Schools.
The starting point for ‘Premonition’ was a characteristically unsettling drawing on lined paper by Tuymans of the same name. This drawing also features on the cover of Tuymans’ book of drawings published in 1997. On the image, Tuymans has said - ‘what interested me here was the idea of the clown as a disguise, the nature of friendliness as something deceptive, and of dangerousness, which is connected to anonymity. The stereotype of the clown’s face is enhanced by the sunglasses’. Currently showing at the National Portrait Gallery, London is an exhibition of paintings by Tuymans where all of the sitters are wearing glasses. Tuymans often works from pre-existing imagery such as polaroid photographs, television footage and magazine cuttings. His paintings and drawings appear slightly out-of-focus with a deliberately washed out palette which gives them an eerie quality.
Proceeds from the sales of this print will help ensure that the Academy’s exhibitions programme continues to flourish. As is customary with limited editions, the price may rise as the edition sells.
"What interested me here was the idea of the clown as a disguise, the nature of friendliness as something deceptive, and of dangerousness, which is connected to anonymity. The stereotype of the clown’s face is enhanced by the sunglasses."
Tuymans often works from pre-existing imagery such as Polaroid photographs, television footage and magazine cuttings. His paintings and drawings appear slightly out of focus with a deliberately washed-out palette giving them an eerie quality. Characteristic of this approach, the starting point for Premonition was an unsettling drawing of the same name on lined paper. This drawing also features on the cover of his book of drawings published in 1997.
The RA Editions programme generates valuable revenue for the RA and in particular the RA Schools.
About Luc Tuymans
Born in 1958 in Mortsel, near Antwerp, Luc Tuymans began his studies in the fine arts at the Sint-Lukasinstituut in Brussels in 1976. He continued his studies at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels de la Cambre from 1979 to 1980 and at the Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten from 1980 to 1982, in Brussels and Antwerp respectively.
He has since achieved... Go to artist page