About this work

The inspiration for the cyclist image came from one of the notebooks of the artist’s schizophrenic godfather – which were found after the godfather’s death in one of his drawers. The notebook contained notes and pictures of Rik van Looy, a famous Belgian cyclist in the sixties, presented here as a sophisticated and well-off citizen sitting behind his desk in a stylish interior. The connection between the embellished picture of the cyclist as a “real bourgeois” and the compulsive excessive self image of the artist’s godfather as a result of his mental disorder is manifest in the work. A tribute and warm farewell to the artist’s beloved godfather.


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  • MediumDigital print
  • Dimensions180 cm H x 120 cm W
  • Year2012
  • EditionUnique piece
  • FramedMounted on an aluminum plaque (0,5 cm)
  • AuthentificationSigned on the back
  • Return policyWithin 14 days after delivery
  • Shipping modalitiesWithin 5-10 business days from Brussels (Belgium)
  • PaymentEligible for interest free loan offered by Kunst Aan Zet

Tom Woestenborghs

Tom Woestenborghs (°1978, Belgian, based near Antwerp, BE) is not afraid to criticize society in his work. Classically trained as a painter, he soon found himself fascinated by the dimensions of human space and human nature’s sense of movement within a digitized environment. At the beginning of his career Tom mainly built installations and focused on videos portraying humans “lost in space” confronted with their own behavior. Later on, around 2010, he developed his signature work: collages in light boxes – initially black and white and later in color – and digital prints. The light box collages are in fact powerful paintings, only, without paint. Painstakingly composed of dozens of meters of scotch tape, tirelessly placed one layer after another by the artist. Every work a pièce unique, including the prints, which are all produced in single editions. Tom has participated in many group and solo exhibitions both in Belgium and abroad. Tom is represented by Frank Taal art gallery in Rotterdam, NL.

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