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.
oil on plywood
180.0 x 365.0 cm board
Signature & date
Signed and dated u.r. verso, black fibre-tipped pen "ILDIKO KOVACS [underlined]/ .../ .../ 2015".
Gift of the artist 2016. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
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