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Title

Sewn onto stones in the sky

2019


Artist

Aida Tomescu

Romania, Australia

03 Oct 1955 -


About

Aida Tomescu is celebrated for her richly layered and lushly coloured paintings, built gradually from intensely worked passages of pigment and constant editing though erasure. Tomescu often uses transparent sealers on Belgian linen to retain the innate quality of the surface which becomes an active participant in the structure of the work. Scraping back and often reworking the entire canvas over time, her paintings are remarkably layered, textured and luminous. Some are inscribed with text or symbols, suggesting references beyond the material and gesture. This gives a timeless quality to her work which is as informed by historical painting practices, poetry and literature as it is by the language of contemporary abstraction.

'Sewn onto stones in the sky' 2019 is the most ambitious painting in scale that Tomescu has yet undertaken. The triptych's poetic foundation resides with the verses of Paul Celan, from where the work takes its title. Films of white pigment, often used in transparent layers in this work, evolve in synchronicity with vibrant rhythmic planes of deep Cadmium maroon, Alizarin Crimson and Cobalt violet, punctuated by underlayers of blushing reds, suggestive of the rich and radiant paintings of the of Pre Renaissance and Renaissance painters Tomescu studies intimately, particularly Giotto, Piero della Francesca and Titian. While there is no suggestion of representation in her practice, Tomescu sees painting as a constant attempt to discover and locate content.


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