Aida Tomescu – Biography
Aida Tomescu’s work is complex, procedural, layered, and abstract. For Tomescu painting is about the process, not the product, and the content of the work is implicitly tied to its form. Like the variations and tonalities found in music, Tomescu’s paintings have an inner rhythm. Her titles are elusive, yet they fit with the character of their painting.[i] “My interest has always been to arrive at a unified image with fullness and clarity, and to find reality in the work which affirms its own existence,”[ii] states Tomescu.
Described as pulsating, dense yet subtle and rhythmic, Tomescu’s constantly evolving practice is built on an intuitive engagement with the work. Tomescu paints in sequences: her distinctive style is continually developing, each series creating a new beginning built on the knowledge the artist has gain through past experience.[iii] The layered surfaces that result from this are not intended to create texture, but to anchor the painting in space.[iv] The paintings exude a physicality unto themselves.
Aida Tomescu was born in Bucharest, Romania in 1955. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma of Art from the City Art Institute, Sydney (1983) and a Diploma of Art (Painting) from the Institute of Fine Arts, Bucharest (1977). Tomescu has been living and working in Australia since 1980.
Tomescu has participated in many significant group exhibitions including: Abstraction: The Heide Collection from Nolan to the 90s, Heide Museum of Modern Art (2015); The Triumph of Modernism in the Art of Australia, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & TarraWarra Museum of Art (2015) and The Mind’s Eye, Art Gallery of South Australia (2013). Tomescu’s work is held in several important collections in Australia and overseas including The British Museum, London, The National Gallery of Australia, and the National Gallery of Victoria.
[i] Hart, Deborah. “Aida Tomescu: States of Becoming.” Aida Tomescu: Paintings and Drawings, Australian National University Drill Hall Galley, 2009, pp. 15-18.
[ii] Maloon, Terence. “Aida Tomescu interviewed by Terence Maloon.” Aida Tomescu: Milky Way, Liverpool Street Gallery, 2012, pp. 4.
[iii] Hart, Deborah. “Aida Tomescu: States of Becoming.” Aida Tomescu: Paintings and Drawings, Australian National University Drill Hall Galley, 2009, pp. 9.
[iv] McDonald, Stella Rosa. “A Conversation with Aida Tomescu.” Ocula, January 2015, URL: https://ocula.com/magazine/conversations/aida-tomescu/