Rare artworks donated to gallery
One of the world’s foremost painters has gifted a collection of work to the University to benefit Talbot Rice Gallery.
Luc Tuymans has given 30 limited-edition prints of The Arena to be sold, with all proceeds going directly towards the Gallery’s future programme.
The triptych of silk screen prints features three ghostly images of crowds gathering in an unidentified city square. Their purpose – be it protest, celebration or passive loitering – is undecipherable.
A set of the prints is included in the Gallery’s current exhibition Between poles and tides, which showcases recent acquisitions of the University’s Collection.
Each set is signed and numbered and is available for £3500 plus VAT.
Luc Tuymans (b.1958 in Mortsel, Belgium) is one of the most influential painters working today. His works are featured in leading public and private collections worldwide and are included in major solo and group exhibitions every year.
The triptych was commissioned following Birds of a Feather, a solo exhibition by Tuymans at Talbot Rice Gallery in Autumn 2015, his first in Scotland.
It brought together a selection of his work with that of the most significant of Scottish Enlightenment portrait painters, Henry Raeburn, and explored themes of independence, enlightenment and social control.