For me, the portrait series is the backbone of the exhibition.
Fourteen unique artworks, each one measuring 80 x 30 x 4cm, with a resin coating giving them an incredible sheen, and featuring Tour legends from the 50s, 60s and 70s, the portrait series places a strong emphasis on the triptych as composition; the single entity, as a fusion of three connected elements; folklore into theology; the untouchables; altar paintings, in a world of repurposed devotion.
You can see two of the pieces alongside, featuring Eddy Merckx and Tom Simpson.
Eddy Merckx : 149 coureurs et Merckx
Edouard Louis Joseph, Baron Merckx (born 17 June 1945). Also known as ‘The Cannibal’.
Eddy Merckx’s favourite artist is René Magritte. In 1937, Magritte painted ‘La reproduction interdite’