Dad’s Heat

Estimated value: $700,000-$950,000. Widely heralded as one of the most influential painters working today, Luc Tuymans uses deceptively straightforward imagery to plumb the complexities of politics, culture, and memory. His large-scale oil painting Dad’s Heat, which depicts a space heater given to him by his father, beautifully showcases the artist’s alchemy, transforming a banal object into a mesmerizing composition.

Luc Tuymans is widely heralded as one of the most influential painters working today. Described by Peter Schjeldahl in the New Yorker as “the most challenging painter in the recent history of art,” Tuymans uses deceptively straightforward imagery to plumb the complexities of politics, culture, and memory. Favoring a subdued palette, he strips his works of traditional “painterly” attributes, disrupting expectations and imbuing the medium with a renewed depth and potency. His large-scale oil painting Dad’s Heat, which depicts a space heater given to him by his father, beautifully showcases the artist’s alchemy, transforming a banal object into a mesmerizing composition.

In 2010 SFMOMA co-organized the first U.S. retrospective of Tuymans’s work, an important and critically acclaimed exhibition that traveled across the United States and concluded in his homeland, at the Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels. He is represented in the collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou, Tate, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, National Gallery of Art, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and SFMOMA, to name but a few.

About Luc Tuymans

Luc Tuymans’s metaphorical and figurative paintings, with their muted palette of grays and browns, transform television, film, and print sources into examinations of history and memory. Beneath the artist’s restraint and gentle, often exquisite, painterly language are themes ranging from the Holocaust to corporations’ ill-gotten power to Walt Disney’s vision of the future. Still Life (2002), Tuymans’s response to 9/11, is a large-scale painting of the most quotidian of objects, fruit and a glass pitcher, a comment on the impossibility of capturing the unspeakable.

Belgian, b. 1958, Morstel, Belgium, based in Antwerp, Belgium

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Luc Tuymans - Scramble / 25 years of collaboration, Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp Borgerhout
1992
Luc Tuymans: Repulsion, Galerie Isabella Czarnowska, Berlin

Group Shows on Artsy

2013
THE GARDEN OF DIVERSION, Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing
2012
Paul Thek Luc Tuymans: Why?!, Galerie Isabella Czarnowska, Berlin