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