Aida Tomescu exhibition

09.10.13 to 09.11.13


‘In Tomescu’s paintings the sheer physicality of paint, its density and the archaeology of the layers, its application and movement across the surface, is inseparable from the content’.

Deborah Hart, Senior Curator, National Gallery of Australia.


Considered one of Australia’s foremost abstract painters, Aida Tomescu’s solo exhibition showcasing a suite of eight major paintings and works on paper opens at the newly re-launched Flinders Lane premises of Karen Woodbury Gallery.


There is always a distinct tenor and character to each of Tomescu’s exhibitions, and the high energy of her recent body of work brings at once a feeling of vitality and radiance.


The persistent searching line of Tomescu’s drawing has invaded her larger paintings. Congeries of lines ravel and unravel in paintings like Goldfields and Messiaen, probing deep into the surface of the work, lending depth and substance and striking up a new direction, at once intense and playful. In contrast, the downpours of thin paint lash out in paintings such as El Nino or La Nina. Yet, while they preserve a feeling of utmost spontaneity they are the result of repeated build up and erasure, of rigorous appraisal, modification and a relentless questioning of the image.

It is thirty three years since Aida Tomescu arrived in Australia. Born in Bucharest, Romania in 1955, Aida Tomescu studied at the Institute of Fine Arts in Bucharest and at the City Art Institute in Sydney.


Anne Lewis first showed Tomescu’s work at the seminal Gallery A in Sydney in 1983, and when that venue closed, she moved to the Coventry Gallery. With over thirty solo shows to date, Tomescu is one of Australia’s most distinctive and well respected artists. In 2009, a major survey exhibition was held at the Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra. Aida Tomescu is the winner of a host of prestigious art prizes, including the Sulman Prize, the Wynne prize and the Dobell Prize for Drawing by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.


Tomescu’s work is well represented in the major museums, regional, university and corporate collections including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand and the British Museum, London