Luc Tuymans

New Plymouth has a great library. A few days ago I borrowed a new book on the work of Luc Tuymans b. 1958. Two things impressed me about it.

Firstly, how much I liked the work. Secondly, how much work I have seen in this country that is clearly influenced by him.

Of course, in a country that doesn’t even have the population of Atlanta, Georgia, it’s understandable that much of the art work made here will be cover versions of what is being acclaimed overseas. Another huge influence in New Zealand at present is the Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami b.1962.