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Title

Sewn onto stones in the sky

2019


Artist

Aida Tomescu

Romania, Australia

03 Oct 1955 -


About

Aida Tomescu is a contemporary abstract painter, born and raised in Romania and based in Sydney, Australia since 1980. Tomescu is celebrated for her heavily impastoed and lushly coloured paintings, created by gesturally slathering oil paint onto raw, unprimed canvas. Scrapping back and reworking zones of pigment over time, these pictures are remarkably layered, textured and luminous. Some are inscribed with text or symbols, suggesting further meaning and complexity to the works while not explaining what these references are. This gives a timeless quality to her paintings which seem as informed by ancient painting practices as they do by the language of contemporary abstraction.

As of 2019, 'Sewn onto stones in the sky' is the most ambitious painting that Tomescu has ever undertaken. Across the three panels the artist has densely worked up layers of white paint punctuated by patches of blushing red, suggestive of the fleshy paintings of the renaissance she admires, particularly the work of Titian and Piero Della Francesca. There is no suggestion of representation in her practice however as the colour and texture of paint itself becomes the subject of her work.


Details


Date

2019


Media category

Painting


Materials used

triptych: oil on Belgian linen


Dimensions

200.0 x 460.0 cm overall :

a - panel 1, 200 x 153 cm

b - panel 2, 200 x 153 cm

c - panel 3, 200 x 153 cm


Signature & date

Signed and dated u.l. verso on canvas [part a], black fibre-tipped pen "Aida Tomescu [underlined]/ …/…/ 2019/ …/ …".
Signed and dated u.l. verso on canvas [part b], black fibre-tipped pen "Aida Tomescu [underlined]/ …/ …/ 2019/ …/ …".
Signed and dated u.l. verso on canvas [part c], black fibre-tipped pen "Aida Tomescu [underlined]/…/ 2019/ …/ …/ …".


Credit

Purchased with funds donated by Ken Coles AM and Rowena Danziger AM 2019


Location

Not on display


Accession number

204.2019.a-c


Artist information

Aida Tomescu

Works in the collection

27