“My work is about layering”, Tuymans said, “seeing what is there and what is not there”. While his work resonates with a lot of political and historical imagery, he tends to leave it to the viewer to describe what they see and how the image makes them feel.
The Belgium-born visual artist also enhances this internalisation by creating a dissonance between the title of a painting and the painting itself. His work Wonderland, inspired by the failed grand-opening of Disneyland, is an example. Of this piece, he said: "It’s about an illusion, utopian ideal, a perfect world which of course isn’t real."