“Like blooms that appear quite startlingly before winter’s end, only to be ravaged by frost and wind and then renewed when the season of their being arrives, Aida Tomescu’s works are in a constant state of becoming. Over the years she has developed her own distinctive, continually evolving visual language, working from one group or ensemble of works to the next. Each series, irrespective of media, is like a new beginning; informed by previous experience and yet restlessly, determinedly eschewing the easy, known path in search of new life.
There is a sense of vitality whether it be in the radiance of the paintings or the persistent searching line in the drawings…It is possible to see the ways in which the drawings become increasingly layered, expansive and informed by colour like the paintings and the ways in which the aspect of drawing has increasingly entered into the paintings.
Ultimately what Tomescu’s art has shown us is that it can never be pinned down to one thing, that it is about open-ended associations, moving between the tangible and intangible. It is perhaps in giving up the need for tangible certainties in favour of more subtle imitations that this fluid state of becoming is revealed.”
Deborah Hart, Senior Curator, National Gallery of Australia
Has been living and working in Australia since 1980. Born 1955, Bucharest.
1983 Post Graduate Diploma of Art, City Art Institute, Sydney 1977 Diploma of Art (Painting), Institute of Fine Arts, Bucharest Aida is the winner of the inaugural LFSA Arts 21 Fellowship in 1996 at the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne. Aida is also the winner of the Sulman Prize 1996, the Wynne prize 2001, the Dobell Prize for Drawing 2003, by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Represented by Jensen Gallery, Sydney & Fox/Jensen/McCrory, Auckland.
Recent solo exhibitions:
-Under the iron of the moon, FOXJENSEN, Sydney
-Eyes in the Heat, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney-Aida Tomescu, Art Stage Singapore, Sullivan+Strumpf, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
-Folded in White, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide
-Aida Tomescu, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne
-Milky Way, Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne; Liverpool Street Gallery, Sydney
- Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
-Eden, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne; Liverpool Street Gallery, Sydney
Recent Group Exhibitions:
-Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, Sydney
- ROT, FOX/JENSEN/McCRORY, Auckland
- Australasian Painters 2007
– Orange Regional Gallery, Orange
-Abstraction Celebrating Australian women abstract artists, NGA & Tour
- 10 years of collecting at the ANU, ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra
-50fifty John Curtin Gallery, Perth 2017 Art Basel Hong Kong, Jensen Gallery, Sydney & Fox/Jensen/McCrory, Auckland
-The Anatomy of Gesture, Fox/Jensen/McCrory, Auckland
- Abstraction: Celebrating Australian women abstract artists, National Gallery of Australia & Tour
-The Beginnings, Wangaratta Art Gallery
-WAAM! It’s Women’s Abstract Art Man!, Jervis Bay Maritime Museum & Gallery
- Chromoffection, Fox/ Jensen, Auckland
- Black to Blackest, Geelong Gallery 2016 Assemblage, John Curtin Gallery, Perth
-Refugees, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney
-Fleurieu Art Prize, Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide