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Tina Gillen

In Tina Gillen’s (b. 1972, Luxembourg) paintings, the subject depicted is often reduced to its simplest elements. Her works present figurative worlds counterbalanced by abstract forms and the back-and-forth movement between these two dimensions wisely balances the great mastery of the pictorial vocabulary and a certain ‘letting go’ in the execution, a certain rigour in the composition and a more intuitive approach. Both surface and space compete for the viewer’s attention, resulting in a complex confusion, a charged atmosphere. The linear perspective appears abolished and the perception unsettled. The point of departure for her paintings is usually located in photographs stemming from various contexts – magazines, the Internet, postcards, etc. – which Gillen subjects to a process of reduction and abstraction: ‘I remove things in order to, paradoxically, reach a certain readability. I emphasize the abstraction by keeping just the strict minimum.’

Chasing Light (2018–19) depicts one of Tina GiIlen's (b. 1972, Luxembourg) favourite subjects, the architecture of private housing. Painted from a photograph of a modernist villa in a suburb of Brussels, the building is depicted in stormy conditions, sharply contrasting the sleek white surfaces of the architecture and its shadowy surroundings, highlighting the abstract quality of the structure.


  1. Tina Gillen Häusersequenz, 1996

    24 peintures acryliques sur toile et caisse en bois
    35 x 45 cm chacune
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 1998
    Apport FOCUNA
    Œuvre présentée dans l'exposition Le meilleur des mondes (du point de vue de la collection Mudam), 30.01.2010 – 23.05.2010, Mudam Luxembourg © Photo : Andrés Lejona | Mudam Luxembourg

  1. Tina Gillen Sans Titre, 2004

    Sérigraphie sur papier
    30 x 40 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Donation anonyme – 2007
    © Photo : Rémi Villaggi

  1. Tina Gillen Katrina, 2008

    Acrylique sur toile
    210,8 x 301 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Donation 2009 - Marie-Anne et Jacques Loesch
    © Photo : Galerie Nosbaum & Reding, Luxembourg

  1. Tina Gillen Chasing Light, 2018-2019

    Acrylique sur toile
    130,5 x 180,3 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2019
    Vue de l'exposition Windways , Nosbaum Reding, Luxembourg, 2019
    © Photo : Tania Bettega / Nosbaum Reding, Luxembourg

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