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Title

Onda

2015


Artist

Ildiko Kovacs

1962 -


About

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.


Details


Date

2015


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on plywood


Dimensions

180.0 x 365.0 cm board


Signature & date

Signed and dated u.r. verso, black fibre-tipped pen "ILDIKO KOVACS/ .../ .../ 2015".


Credit

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Bulgari Art Award 2015


Location

Not on display


Accession number

123.2015


Artist information

Ildiko Kovacs

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history