Tom Poelmans (Belgium, °1984) operates in a pictorial no man’s land of sorts. His paintings function as depictive pin-pricks to the traditions of the art of painting, but appear to escape every conceptual or pictorial frame. ‘Style’, for one, does not seem to interest the artist. Repetitive, abstract, almost painfully ‘decorative’ compositions pop up next to hyperfigurative scenes where captions would seem to undermine every form of gravitas.
Tom Poelmans lives and works in Antwerp. His works have been exhibited at Garage (Mechelen), SVA (New York), Be-Part (Waregem), Base Alpha (Antwerp), and Extra City (Antwerp).