Ildiko Kovacs has been exhibiting since the 1980s and is one of Australia's finest abstractionists, known for her nuanced explorations of line, colour and rhythm. Kovacs' painting process is largely instinctive. When beginning a work she describes trying "to enter a space where preconceptions fall away", relying on "intuition to bring the unseen into the seen". Unusually, Kovacs uses rollers to apply layers of paint over large surfaces, which she builds up and scrapes back over time. The residual traces of these different strata determine how the painting evolves, and create a subtle sense of movement and depth within her compositions.
In Italian the word 'onda' means wave. Kovacs' studio is close to the ocean and the constant sound of the waves inspired both the colour palette and fluid mark making in this work: the blues and greens strongly evoke marine associations, while the loose tangle of lines channels the energy of tidal ebbs and flows.
oil on plywood
180.0 x 365.0 cm board
Signature & date
Signed and dated u.r. verso, black fibre-tipped pen "ILDIKO KOVACS/ .../ .../ 2015".
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Bulgari Art Award 2015
Not on display
© Ildiko Kovacs
Shown in 1 exhibition
The DNA of colour: Ildiko Kovacs, Orange Regional Gallery, Orange, 18 Apr 2019–16 Jun 2019
Referenced in 13 publications
Robin Amadio, Wentworth Courier, 'Surprise guests for artist's dinner', pg. 27, Sydney, 29 Apr 2015, 27.
Nicholas Forrest., http://au.blouinartinfo.com, 'Ildiko Kovacs wins the 2015 Bulgari Art Award', Australia, 23 Apr 2015, n.pag. (colour illus., detail). viewed 11.05.2015, http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1141069/ildiko-kovacs-wins-the-2015-bulgari-art-award
Andrew Hornery, Sydney Morning Herald, 'Little drizzle' not enough to dampen things', pg. 20, Sydney, 25 Apr 2015, 20.
Julie Power., smh.com.au, 'Bulagri Art Award 2015 winner Ildiko Kovacs is riding a wave to Italy', Sydney, 23 Apr 2015, n.pag. (colour illus.). viewed 11.05.2015, http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/bulgari-art-award-2015-winner-ildiko-kovacs-is-riding-a-wave-to-italy-20150423-1mrjd1.html
Julie Power, Sydney Morning Herald, 'Bulgari Art Award winner rides a wave to Italy', pg. 13, Sydney, 24 Apr 2015, 13 (colour illus., detail).
Karishma Sarkari., dailymail.co.uk, 'Colour blocking Cate! Blanchett's silk skirt-and-top ensemble matches Bulgari Art Award's winning painting at gallery', Australia, 24 Apr 2015, n.pag. (colour illus., detail). viewed 11.05.2015, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3053468/Colour-blocking-Cate-Blanchett-s-silk-skirt-ensemble-matches-Bulgari-Art-Award-s-winning-painting-gallery.html
Sophie Tedmanson., vogue.com.au, 'Ildiko Kovacs on her Bulgari Art Award win and painting without a plan', Sydney, 23 Apr 2015, n.pag. (colour illus.). viewed 11.05.2015, http://www.vogue.com.au/culture/features/ildiko+kovacs+on+her+bulgari+art+award+win+and+painting+without+a+plan,36718
Matthew Westwood, The Australian, 'Ildiko's riding crest of a wave, and it's sublime', pg. 3, Sydney, 24 Apr 2015, 3 (colour illus., detail).
theguardian.com.au, 'Australian artist Ildiko Kovacs wins $80,000 Bulgari art award', Sydney, 23 Apr 2015, n.pag. (colour illus.). viewed 11.05.2015, http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/apr/23/australian-artist-ildiko-kovacs-wins-80000-bulgari-art-award
www.artshub.com.au, 'Kudos: a week bustling with talent and accolades', Australia, 20 Apr 2015, n.pag. (colour illus., detail). viewed 11.05.2015, http://performing.artshub.com.au/news-article/news/performing-arts/visual-arts-writer/kudos-a-week-busting-with-talent-and-accolades-247761
Look, 'Art that made me: Ildiko Kovacs', pg. 14-15, Sydney, Apr 2016, 14.
Look, 'Bulgari Art Award 2015', pg. 8, Sydney, Jun 2015, 8 (colour illus., detail).
Australian Financial Review, 'Picture of success', pg. 9, Sydney, 24 Apr 2015, 9 (colour illus., detail).