Luc Tuymans - Healing Light - 2018
Healing Light is a screen print on vitreous enamel in three parts which moves from the seemingly abstract to the figurative, and is rendered in a range of muted colours and loose marks that are key elements of Tuyman's highly precise, inimical style.
'Heillicht' was originally created in 1991 as a tryptich on canvas (now in the Mu.ZEE museum collection, Ostend, Belgium) with the 3 parts titled 'Smell, 'Heillicht' and ‘Incest'. They weren’t initially conceived as one work but Tuymans has noted that: 'Because of their colour, their brightness, their radiance, they later became one work. The first picture, Smell, is based on the deodorant blocks you find in toilets. It deals with smell, an abstraction. The large and small circles represent the diffusion of the smell. Smell has the property of having a particularly strong effect on the memory, without any need for pictures. The second picture is called Heillicht. A half-naked boy is being radiated with a lamp to cure him, to warm him and at the same time to let him feel the power of light. I am referring to the idea that science should change everything, that it’s always capable of everything. The last picture, Incest, is the abstraction of a hand sticking through something. It has to do with an intention. You just see the finger. The hand creates a sense of danger. At the same time there is an impression of something forbidden, something incestuous.’
Medium: Screenprint on vitreous enamel
Size of the three panels: 85.5 x 63.3 x 2 cm, 50 x 40 x 2 cm, 37 x 40.5 x 2 cm
Edition of 30
Signed, numbered and dated by the artist on the reverse
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