Aida Tomescu, Kansas (detail), 2008, oil on linen, 184 x 154cm
is pleased to present
2 - 20 December 2008
Aida Tomescu is concerned with the formal qualities of paint; the colour, mark and balance.
She creates incredible surfaces, her paintings have layers and layers of oil paint that are embedded with expressive content. Her work emphasises the poetics possible in abstraction. Colour, texture and mark combine to form passages of lyrical painting as well as areas of dense, hard contemplation. She pursues an authenticity and passion uncommon in contemporary art.
One of Tomescu's continuing sources of inspiration are the Italian painters of the early Renaissance. Her interest in artists such as Giotto and Piero Della Francesca can be seen in the beautiful colours, pale olive greens, intense blues and undercurrents of mauve and purple, that are so carefully built up on her canvases.
Tomescu has also produced a large body of prints. Working with master printmaker John Loane, she has utilised the effects available in lithography, etching and aquatint to produce a myriad of solid, scratched or smudged lines and shapes. Usually in stark black and white, her prints have a stunning calligraphic quality with the raw power usually associated with drawing.
Born in Bucharest, Romania, Tomescu has lived and worked in Australia since 1980. She was the inaugural winner of the prestigious LSFA Arts 21 Fellowship in 1996. Subsequent winners of the LSFA award have included Imants Tillers, Mike Parr, Akio Makigawa and Fiona Hall. Aida was the winner of the Wynne Prize in 2001, and in 2003 she won the Dobell Prize for Drawing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Her work has been collected by many important public and private collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of Modern Art at Heide and the National Museum, Bucharest.
A fully illustrated colour catalogue is available
For $11 plus postage and handling
Please join the artist for opening drinks on Tuesday 9 December 2008 from 6.00pm