1981 · Belgium
Thomas Lerooy is is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from Belgium, like other celebrated artists such as Dirk Lambrechts, Stephan Balleux, Filip Vervaet, Toon van Borm, and Leo Gabin. Thomas Lerooy was born in 1981.
Galleries and Exhibitions
Thomas Lerooy is represented by two galleries, rodolphe janssen and Galleri Brandstrup Oslo in Belgium and Norway respectively. Thomas Lerooy most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Vienna in Austria (12 September 2019 until 01 November 2019) with the exhibition MERDELAMERDELAMERDELAMERDEMERDELAMERDELAMERDELAMERDELA. Thomas Lerooy's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Groetjes uit Knokke - summer project at the Belgian seaside (25 July 2019 - 24 August 2019) at rodolphe janssen in Brussels and birds, cigarettes, guitars, eyes and trees (09 November 2017 - 21 December 2017) at rodolphe janssen in Brussels. Thomas Lerooy's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called birds, cigarettes, guitars, eyes and trees and took place at rodolphe janssen in Brussels, Belgium from the 09 November 2017 to 21 December 2017.
Historical Context of Belgium
Belgium has been a significant artistic centre since the later part of the 19th century. As a small country, bordered by both France and the Netherlands, it has been subjected to significant influence by both the French and Flemish cultures. In the late nineteenth century, as the era of the avant-garde in Europe began, the Belgian capital of Brussels was a significant centre for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its founders. The Symbolist movement was also a main artistic trend that was greatly influenced by Belgian artists. Key practitioners of this important early precursor to Surrealism include Léon Spilliaert, Jean Delville, Fernand Khnopff and James Ensor.
Further Biographical Context for Thomas Lerooy
Thomas Lerooy was born in 1981, grew up during the 1990s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. Art in the 1990s was defined at the beginning of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse group of artists, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, as well as being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most famous artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their art became noted for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became famed for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They gained a large amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the decade. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. Relational Aesthetics became a core idea. It was a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud in the 1990s to describe the tendency to make art based on, or inspired by, human relations and their social context. Works by artists including Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as significant artists who worked to this agenda.